Russia's Federal Space Agency lost contact with a new communications satellite shortly Launched Into Space After it due to communication glitch apparent year on the spacecraft's rocket, Russia's space agency HAS Reported.
The satellite, Express-AM4 Called, blasted off atop a Proton rocket on Wednesday (Aug. 17) at 5:25 pm EDT (2125 GMT) from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Where It Was early Thursday morning local time .
According To a statement posted in Russian translated to the country's Federal Space Agency website, Officials Said flight controllers lost contact with the satellite due to apparent communication problem with year the Proton rocket's Breeze M upper stage. Later, Another statement the rocket Suggested That May Have Been Found internship though the status of the Express-AM4 satellite WAS unclear.[Related: Rocket Launches 7 in 7 Days]
The rocket upper internship WAS Designed to Deliver the Express-AM4 satellite Into a final Geostationary orbit about 22.369 miles (36.000 kilometers) Above Earth DURING a series of maneuvers. Those maneuvers DURING It Was That Appeared the malfunction.
A commission Likely Will review the cause of the anomaly, Russian Space Officials said.
The new rocket malfunction IS SEVERAL of the latest embarrassing launch failures or incidents Russian for Russia's space program in a single year online psychology degree.
On Dec. 5, a Proton rocket plunged Into the Pacific Ocean After engineers filled STI upper course with too much propellant. Three Navigation Satellites Were lost.
Then on Feb. 1, a different rocket Launched a new Russian military satellite Called Geo-IK 2 Into the wrong orbit.After a day of searching, Russia's military to reestablish WAS Able communication with the satellite to confirm it Was Not Intended icts in orbit.
The Express-AM4 satellite Is The Largest Express-series communications satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Company, Which is Responsible for Russia's federal TV and radio broadcasts.
The satellite built by EADS Astrium WAS, cavities 12 and antennas 63 transponders for broadcast services and WAS Designed for a 15-year lifespan in orbit, According To a task description.
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