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Fuel Pipe to Blame for Proton Launch Failure - Source

Topic: Proton Fails to Put Satellites into Orbit

Monday's failed satellite launch was caused by a fault in its fuel pipe
11:06 09/08/2012
MOSCOW, August 9 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: Briz-M booster, Proton-M, Russia

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, 09/08/2012
    Putin 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.
    • WesternFascisthmmm
      22:09, 09/08/2012
      our agents are doing their jobs well. It's obvious why foreign powers would want these satellites to fail. Indonesians watching too much tv can only lead to disaster.

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