MOSCOW, August 9 (RIA Novosti)
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Monday's failed satellite launch was caused by a fault in a fuel pipe, Kommersant daily reported on Thursday, citing a source in the government inquiry.
The source said telemetry showed that pressure in the Briz-M upper stage fell sharply following the vehicle's second burn, causing the Proton-M rocket, carrying two communications satellites, to spin out of control.
The launch was scheduled to utilize four burns of the Briz-M to put Indonesia's Telkom-3 and Russia's Express MD2 satellites into orbit.
The Briz-M's fuel pipe might have been "mechanically damaged" or held some foreign objects, the inquiry source said.
The failed launch has prompted Russian space agency Roscosmos to suspend all Proton-M launches until the findings of the inquiry are returned.
Roscosmos declined to comment on the cause of the failure when contacted by RIA Novosti.
Last year, a malfunction of a Briz-M booster led to the loss of the Express-AM4 telecommunication satellite.
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- lmWhen will the shit stop?11:32, 09/08/2012Putin must investigate the frequent mishaps at the space station to see if there is a foreign agent of Russian nationality, who knows maybe just as plane crashes and frequently delays at ship yards not to mention accidents; this is too much to just accept it as just a technical problem.
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The clash of Russian and Western interests has given rise to a geopolitical battle. German politicians are trying to leave all doors and windows open for dialogue with Russia. Moscow does acknowledge this, and Germany is probably the only country with which it is ready to discuss European security.