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Roscosmos denies loss of Rokot rocket launched from Plesetsk in January

May 15, 2013, 15:18 UTC+3
Certain faults were found in the control system of the accelerator block, but they did not tell on the results of the space launching, Dep Chief of the Russian Space Agency said
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MOSCOW, May 15 (Itar-Tass) - Deputy Chief of the Russian Space Agency ( Roscosmos) Anatoly Shilov on Wednesday has denied reports released by a number of mass media agencies that the space launching of the "Rokot" carrier rocket from Plesetsk cosmodrome on January 15, 2013 allegedly failed.

"The information presented by the media outlets as "a fact of another collapse during space launching of a space apparatus" does not conform to the reality," Shilov stressed.

The Rokot carrier rocket, provided with the Breeze accelerator block and a block of space apparatuses which serve the interests of the defense ministry, was really launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome on that date, Shilov confirmed. As a result of the space launching these spacecraft were brought close to the assigned orbit with the parameters within the permissible error margin. The space apparatuses have been operating normally," the Deputy Roscosmos chief said.

Certain faults were found in the control system of the accelerator block, but they did not tell on the results of the space launching, Shilov said. A working group which incorporates representatives of the defense ministry and organizations of the space rocket industry was set up to establish the causes of the problem, Shilov said.

Depending on the results of their work a decision to resume space launchings of the Rokot carrier rocket with the Breeze-KM accelerator block might be adopted before the end of May, Shilov said.

 

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