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(CBC)   Russia converts 21 brand-spanking-new satellites into instant space junk   ( cbc.ca) divider line
    More: Fail, Satellite, new Vostochny launch, Satellite Launch Vehicle, launch site. ISRO, launch pad, new launch pad, test satellite, Russian weather satellite  
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2017-12-01 06:45:44 AM  
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2017-12-01 06:50:51 AM  
Can we send up MegaMaid to clean up all the junk?

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2017-12-01 06:51:52 AM  
Russia's new cosmodrome.

Cosmodrome is such a neat word.

/that's all I have
 
2017-12-01 07:00:14 AM  
Russia's still launching Soyuz. I wonder how the Angara rocket program is coming along.  I know Roscosmos did a few suborbital test flights several years ago, but I haven't heard anything more.  Russia might have the upper hand on the US now, but in a few years, NASA, SpaceX, and the ULA are going to have manned space capsules with twice the capacity of a Soyuz.  At that point, the gravy train for Roscosmos is over, permanently.
 
2017-12-01 07:05:26 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: Russia's still launching Soyuz. I wonder how the Angara rocket program is coming along.  I know Roscosmos did a few suborbital test flights several years ago, but I haven't heard anything more.  Russia might have the upper hand on the US now, but in a few years, NASA, SpaceX, and the ULA are going to have manned space capsules with twice the capacity of a Soyuz.  At that point, the gravy train for Roscosmos is over, permanently.


According to my dog's face, Gravy Train is some nasty shiat so that's probably a good thing for Laika and all the Russian space doggies.
 
2017-12-01 08:32:14 AM  
Should have used more struts.
 
2017-12-01 08:34:10 AM  
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2017-12-01 08:39:20 AM  
Accidents are bound to happen...

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2017-12-01 08:50:46 AM  

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If it makes you feel better, said most powerful nation is so powerful that there's a private company launching rockets more reliable (and cheaper) than that 19th century civilization you mentioned.

As bad as Musk's companies are at making mass produced, affordable cars, they're damn good at making rockets.
 
2017-12-01 10:26:16 AM  
"another blow to the nation's space program."

Stopped reading.
 
2017-12-01 11:10:04 AM  
Do you want the scenario from "Gravity"?  Cause that's how you get "Gravity."
 
2017-12-01 11:13:18 AM  
Space junk?  Their stuff burned in.
 
2017-12-01 12:48:23 PM  
No, the satellites are not "space" junk, they're ocean junk. And it was pretty obvious pretty quickly to those analyzing the telemetry that the Fregat upper stage performed it's first burn in the wrong orientation. Rather than sending the payload into an orbital trajectory, it instead performed a suicide plunge back into the Atlantic. The question now is why, and it looks like human error. Fregat, which has never launched from Vostochny, appears to have had the wrong guidance settings in the onboard nav computer.

Although it's good that it doesn't look like there was a problem with the hardware, it actually means that the root cause is an institutional failure that allowed this error to slip by uncaught. And that will likely be much, much more difficult to fix.

Baron Harkonnen: I know Roscosmos did a few suborbital test flights several years ago, but I haven't heard anything more.


Angara 5 had a successful test launch a few years back, but the program in general has been plagued by problems. My guess is Angara 7 never materializes; even if other versions of the rocket finally become operational.
 
2017-12-01 03:16:00 PM  
I really, really hope they had insurance.

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2017-12-01 05:27:37 PM  
RUDs are more impressive.
 
2017-12-01 06:03:50 PM  

uttertosh: Russia's new cosmodrome.

Cosmodrome is such a neat word.


21 satellites enter!  Zero satellites leave!
 
2017-12-01 08:51:18 PM  
A Soviet Sputnik hit Africa, India, Peru too?
 
2017-12-02 04:55:49 AM  

Ambitwistor: uttertosh: Russia's new cosmodrome.

Cosmodrome is such a neat word.

21 satellites enter!  Zero satellites leave!


Love it! Precisely the mental image I have. Now, all we need is the Soviet equv of Tina Turner....
 
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