Scottish parliament backs new referendum on independenceWorld March 28, 20:42
Russian strategic missile carriers to take part in military drills in TajikistanMilitary & Defense March 28, 20:10
Russia’s offshore energy projects in the ArcticBusiness & Economy March 28, 19:33
US chess chief: No plot to oust current FIDE head, but it ‘would be good for the game’Sport March 28, 18:27
Putin-Rouhani meeting round-upWorld March 28, 18:23
Request for referendum against iconic Petersburg cathedral's transfer to church approvedSociety & Culture March 28, 18:13
US diplomat says Washington is pleased with Arctic cooperation with MoscowWorld March 28, 18:11
Russia, Iran express support for Damascus’ efforts to combat terrorismWorld March 28, 17:46
Finance Ministry to serve up VAT refund to foreign buyers of alcohol in RussiaBusiness & Economy March 28, 17:44
MOSCOW, December 23 (Itar-Tass) — The third stage of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle, which was carrying the Meridian satellite to orbit on Friday, failed, Aerospace Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin told Itar-Tass.
“An accident occurred at the 421st second of the Meridian satellite launch from the Plesetsk spaceport in the off-normal work of the propulsion unit of the third stage of the launch vehicle. The satellite failed to reach a low orbit,” he said.
“A state commission is investigating causes of the accident,” he remarked.
“If the accident occurred when the third stage was working, fragments of the orbiting unit might have fallen over northern parts of Siberia,” a source in the Russian aerospace industry told Itar-Tass.
A third stage failure of a Soyuz-U rocket caused the wreck of a Progress freighter in August 2011. Soyuz-U and Soyuz-2.1a have the same third stage with the RD-0110 engine. Soyuz-2.1b has a different third stage.