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Program Glitch Led to Russian Mars Probe Failure – Paper

Topic: Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

Phobos-Gruntwas launched on November 9 but it was lost due to a propulsion failure and fell back to Earth on January 15.
04:49 31/01/2012
MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: Phobos-Grunt, Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin

A government commission has blamed Russian programmers for the recent failure of Russia’s Phobos-Grunt Mars probe, the Kommersant daily said on Tuesday citing a space industry source.

The commission, which submitted its final report to the head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Vladimir Popovkin late on Monday, concluded that the main cause of the failure was “a programming error which led to a simultaneous reboot of two working channels of an onboard computer.”

Investigators have ruled out any “external or foreign influence” on the spacecraft, including the alleged emissions from a U.S. radar in the Pacific Ocean.

“The U.S. radar theory was deemed ungrounded after a series of tests showed that the electronics similar to those onboard the Phobos-Grunt had withstood the highest possible level of electromagnetic radiation,” the Kommersant source said.

The report will be presented on Tuesday to Russia’s new Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the probe.

Phobos-Grunt, Russia's most ambitious planetary mission in decades, was launched on November 9 but it was lost due to a propulsion failure and fell back to Earth on January 15.

Soon after the failed launch, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said a rocket motor should have started up to push the probe into higher orbit, but it failed to fire for unknown reasons.

According to NASA, Russia has failed in all 17 of its attempts to study the Red Planet close-up since 1960. The most recent failure before November last year occurred in 1996, when Russia lost its Mars-96 orbiter during launch.

 

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  • ruypenalvaHard to believe
    05:22, 31/01/2012
    Hard to believe. Any software error would be easy to be corrected and identified. Give me another.
    • mrgenieLOL :)
      12:16, 31/01/2012
      Obviously you are no engineer! Else you wouldn't make such a statement that in a programming of multi-billions of lines not 1 error could arise :)

      As engineer I can tell you:"flawless code does NOT exist on this planet"

      Did you know the Ariane also exploded because of a coding error.
      actually, not even 1 line was wrong, but 1 simple ASCII symbol led to the explosion of a Rocket costing over a billion!

      As engineer I can also tell you, if the USA were capable of building a radar array so powerful, to send electromagnetic pulses all the way through the earths atmosphere, through earths own magnetic fields, and even up there the radiation level would still be so high that it overwhelms the radiation levels of the sun (and not just for a second but out there, such a probe is exposed to these high sun radiation levels over years!)
      You can't even get that if the US were to explode a Hydrogen bomb on earth. So they'd had to produce something creating a much more powerful energy source, bundle that energy somehow, and target a very fast flying object, through bounding and bending of earths atmosphere and earths magnetic fields..

      if they had such a strong energy supply and the knowledge to bundle it, the USA would be scrapping all
      their Air force, Tanks, Carriers etc, because with a few simple EMP "guns" they'd be simply taking out the combined air forces of the rest of the world within a few seconds.

      Those people inside the Russian space agency who said that the USA are a supreme race and have "secret alien weapons" because that's what we're talking about here, have watched to much hollywood movies! Such technology doesn't exist at the moment. At least not on our planet. Maybe if aliens exist somewhere as in "independence Day" they might have super weapons, but the USA has none of such super weapons.
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