Defense Ministry confirms Iran successfully test-fires sea-launched cruise missileMilitary & Defense February 27, 12:06
Kazakhstan's leader says Moscow, Astana achieved perfect relations over 25 yearsWorld February 27, 11:55
Diplomat says military presence in Iraq unacceptable without authorities’ permissionRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 27, 11:20
Ex-finance minister does not rule out income tax hike for boosting Russia’s budget revenueBusiness & Economy February 27, 11:13
Putin says Astana talks set up mechanism for monitoring Syrian ceasefireRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 27, 10:54
Russian diplomat believes Kurds need to join intra-Syrian talks in GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 27, 10:11
Russian combat engineers continue mine clearance operation in eastern AleppoMilitary & Defense February 27, 8:46
‘Moonlight’ takes Oscar for best picture instead of earlier announced ‘La La Land’Society & Culture February 27, 8:25
Oscars 2017: Casey Affleck, Emma Stone win Academy awards in best actor and actressSociety & Culture February 27, 8:08
MOSCOW, January 19 (Itar-Tass) —— Production and design errors are the main theories behind the crash of the automatic interplanetary station Phobos-Grunt, chief of the Federal Space Agency Vladimir Popovkin said on Thursday.
“The main thing is to find, where the errors were made in the production and testing. First of all, this is design errors, which can be envisaged in the very start and production errors in the process of production,” the Roscosmos chief said in an interview on the Vesti FM radio station.
Commenting on the theory that the station could have broken down due to the impact of the US radar, Popovkin noted that “the committee is investigating this theory as only one of reasons.” If this theory is proved true, Roscosmos “will get in touch with NASA partners and ask them to participate in an experiment” for its investigation, he said.
The Phobos-Grunt automatic interplanetary station was launched on the low Earth orbit on November 9, 2011. The station was to enter the Martian orbit and land a descent module on the Martian satellite Phobos simultaneously with distant research. However, after the launch the station failed to enter the flight trajectory to the Mars over the failure of the drive engine and stayed on the Earth orbit.
The Phobos-Grunt debris fell down on the Earth last Sunday. The Russian Defence Ministry reported that remaining Phobos-Grunt debris dropped in the Pacific, 1,250 kilometres west of the Wellington Island (Chile).