Feeds

Russian rocket fails to orbit 2 satellites after booster bungle

Cargo floats in space after burn-boost orbit ballsup

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Russian space agency Roscosmos has suspended use of its Proton-M rocket carriers with Briz-M boosters after one of them failed to put two satellites into orbit late yesterday.

Proton-M blasts off with Telkom-3 and Express MD2 onboard

The Proton rocket was launched successfully from Baikonur, but the secondary engine burn failed when the Briz-M booster only fired for seven minutes, instead of the 18 needed to push the sats into orbit.

“All further Proton launches will be postponed until the emergency commission, which is likely to be established soon, determines the cause of the failure,” a source told national news agency RIA Novosti.

They added that the booster and its cargo could potentially become a hazardous piece of space junk after the mishap, the latest in a line of failures for the Russian space endeavour.

The two satellites, Telkom-3 and Express MD2 were built by Russian space firms, with help on the Telkom-3 from Thales Alenia Space. The sats were supposed to be used to provide TV broadcast services in Indonesia, and marked the first – and likely the last – time the country bought any satellites from Russia.

Both satellites were insured, Telkom-3 for 225m rubles ($7.13m, £4.55m) and the Express MD2 for 1.17bn rubles ($37.08m, £23.66m).

Around the same time last year, another Briz-M booster malfunctioned, leading to the loss of the Express AM4 telecoms satellite. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away
Interplanetary admins will back up data and get to work
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
LOHAN Kickstarter push breaks TWELVE THOUSAND POUNDS
That's right, folks, you've stumped up OVER 9,000 beer tokens - and counting
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?