by Staff Writers
Astana, Kazakhstan (RIA Novosti) Sept 01, 2011
Kazakhstan does not plan to ban launches of Russian rockets from its space center in Baikonur after accident with Progress M-12M space freighter, Talgat Musabayev, the head of the Kazakh space agency, Kazcosmos, said.
Musabayev said it was not right to immediately ban the launches as the rockets were being successfully launched for already more than 40 years.
"This is the first failure out of 136 launches. It is an eco-friendly rocket. The accident has not done any harm to Kazakhstan," Musabayev said.
Musabayev also added he categorically ruled out any possibility that parts of the rocket might have fallen on the territory of Kazakhstan.
The space freighter failed to separate from the third stage of the Soyuz-U carrier rocket on the 325th second of the flight, and according to Musabayev, it was already far away from Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz-U carrier rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan and was scheduled to separate at 5:09 p.m. Moscow time [13:09 GMT].
The wreckage of the Russian Progress M-12M space freighter fell in South Siberia's Altai Republic. Although no casualties or any damage have yet been reported.
This is the second spacecraft loss for the Russian space industry. On August 18, the Express AM-4 telecommunications satellite failed to separate from the Proton-M carrier rocket and could not reach the designated orbit.
Source: RIA Novosti
Launch Pad at Space-Travel.com
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Orbital Receives License for Taurus II COTS Demonstration Mission
Dulles, VA (SPX) Sep 01, 2011
Orbital Sciences has received a Commercial Space Transportation Launch License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program demonstration mission in early 2012. An expanded license covering the test flight of the company's Taurus II rocket in late 2011 is expected to be granted in the near future. To secure the lice ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|