Russia Suspects Foul Play In Recent Space Failures

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PostTue Jan 10, 2012 10:12 pm » by Thruster


Russia hints at foul play in its space failures

The head of Russia's beleaguered space programme hinted on Tuesday that foreign powers may be behind the string of failures that struck his agency in the past year.

Roskosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin told the Izvestia daily he could not understand why several launches went awry at precisely the moment the spacecraft were travelling through areas invisible to Russian radar.

"It is unclear why our setbacks often occur when the vessels are travelling through what for Russia is the 'dark' side of the Earth -- in areas where we do not see the craft and do not receive its telemetry readings," he said.

"I do not want to blame anyone, but today there are some very powerful countermeasures that can be used against spacecraft whose use we cannot exclude," Popovkin told the daily.

One of Russia's most high-profile recent failures involved the November launch of a Mars probe called Phobos-Grunt that got stuck in a low Earth orbit and whose fragments are now expected to crash back down on Sunday.

Popovkin said there was "no clarity" as to why the 13.5-tonne probe's booster rocket failed to fire on schedule.

But he admitted the mission was risky to begin with because it involved an underfunded project whose original designs went back to Soviet times.

"If we did not manage to launch it in the window open in 2011 for a Mars mission, we would have had to simply throw it away, writing off a loss of five billion rubles ($160 million)," he said.

Popovkin was named the head of Russia's space agency in April after its previous chief was sacked in the wake of an embarrassing loss of three navigation satellites during launch.

Yet the problems only multiplied under his watch as Russia lost several more satellites and also saw its Progress cargo ship experience its first-ever failure on a mission to the International Space Station.

The Mars mission setback was followed last month by the loss of the Meridian communications satellite. Its fragments crashed into the Novosibirsk region of central Siberia and hit a house ironically located on Cosmonaut Street.

No injuries were reported but the 50-centimetre (20-inch) fragment blew a hole in the home's roof.

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PostTue Jan 10, 2012 11:01 pm » by Thruster


Just out of interest ..

Has there been an explanation on how these recent incidents occurred?

Airport Control Tower fire (Cheremshanka, 19 Dec)

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Fire At Submarine Repair Dock (Roslyakovo, Dec 29)


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PostSat Jan 21, 2012 10:28 am » by Alienagent


The commission will make pubic the results of investigation on January 26, according to Pravda and other media. If HAARP is found to be the cause, though involuntarily, it will set a precedent for a Russian rocket to be harmed by a foreign power especially US. Does it mean Russia prepares for the big end game? Because the specialists know the facts and could settle the issue quietly if there was a political will for that. I see that public announcement as a major turning point in Russia-US relations. That comes together with other issues such as ABM and Iran. Little green men were mentioned by one of the RT reports. :alien: How far is Russia willing to go in that way? Will that reach a potential WW3 or may be a disclosure of who really is behind all that technology, such as HAARP, SURA, Norway spiral etc?



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