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Military industrial committee to hear report on preliminary investigation in Zenit crash

February 06, 2013, 9:39 UTC+3
On February 2, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave instructions over the incident, which occurred in the recent blastoff under the Sea Launch project
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MOSCOW, February 6 (Itar-Tass) – The military industrial committee will hear a report on the preliminary results of the investigation in the crash of the launch vehicle Zenit on Wednesday, first deputy chairman of the Russian governmental military industrial committee Ivan Kharchenko told reporters on Tuesday.

“Roscosmos is instructed to report on the current situation at a weekly meeting of the military industrial committee tomorrow,” Kharchenko said.

“We will hear the preliminary results, as the telemetric data was received,” the first deputy chairman of the governmental military industrial committee added. “We already have some preliminary suggestions,” he said. He added that no final data was received yet, the committee is to conduct the full investigation.

On February 2, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave instructions over the incident, which occurred in the recent blastoff under the Sea Launch project. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was instructed to investigate the reasons of the incident, work on the enforcement of the legislation in space activities in the run-up and making of the foresaid launch.

Head of the Federal Space Agency Vladimir Popovkin was instructed to conduct an investigation in the reasons for the abortive launch according to the standard procedure and report before February 15. about the results with the necessary conclusions and suggestions, including the proposals for bringing some officials and organizations to responsibility.

The launch vehicle Zenit-3Sl with the satellite Intelsat-27 sank in the Pacific in the morning on February 1 after the abortive launch. The automatic switch-off of the engine of the first stage of the rocket was reported to occur that resulted in the deviation of the rocket from the designated flight trajectory after the launch.

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