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This crash marks the fifth failed space mission for Russia in 2011 so far

A Siberian man had a piece of a Russian satellite crash through his home after a system failure sent both the communication satellite and its rocket plummeting back to the Earth's surface.

Andrei Krivorukov, the homeowner, went out to his yard minutes before the crash to gather firewood. A fragment of a Meridian satellite then crashed through his roof while he remained outside unharmed.

The Meridian satellite, which is used to provide communication between airplanes, vessels and coastal stations for both military and civilian purposes, had launched last Friday from the Plesetsk space centre in northern Russia. It sat atop a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket, which crashed near the city of Tobolsk only minutes after lift-off.

Krivorukov's home, which is in the Ordyn district, had a titanium ball of about 5 kg smash through his roof.

No one was harmed in the crash, but the village administration has agreed to repair the house for free.

This crash marks the fifth failed space mission for Russia in 2011 so far. Some others that have occurred throughout the year include a failed Rokot launch to deliver a military satellite called Geo-lK2 into orbit, and a failed mission where a Proton rocket delivered its $300 million satellite payload into the wrong orbit.

Experts are currently investigating what went wrong with the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket.

"This area of the space industry is in sort of a crisis," said Vladimir Popovin, Russian space agency chief. "We can say even now that the problem lies in the engine."

Source: NDTV

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Soyuz is still highly reliable
By gevorg on 12/27/2011 5:01:58 AM , Rating: 2
The manned versions of Soyuz rocket are highly reliable. Last time a manned Soyuz crashed was in 1971, while Shuttle crashed in 1986 and 2003. During the whole time of Space Shuttle's existence, there was no manned Soyuz crash. Both Soyuz and Shuttle are long overdue for a more modern replacement.

The recent crash of Meridian #5 satellite was due to an engine issue in third stage, RD-0124, which is not used for manned launches like ISS missions. Still, some heads will probably roll in Roscosmos. Russia has a growing space launch industry, which needs to adjust to market demands of having a space launch every couple of weeks or so

RE: Soyuz is still highly reliable
By Silver2k7 on 12/27/2011 5:44:23 AM , Rating: 2
"Experts are currently investigating what went wrong with the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket."

So they are investigiting the Soyus 2 engine.. I guess you missed the 2, where it is the new version of this rocket that has its troubles :)

RE: Soyuz is still highly reliable
By Natch on 12/27/2011 11:32:39 AM , Rating: 2
If he'd known it was coming, the home owner could have done like that old Yahoo commercial, and bought a ton of pillows to protect his house! ;)

RE: Soyuz is still highly reliable
By MrBlastman on 12/27/2011 11:36:32 AM , Rating: 3
Our space industry/programs will never truly advance until we move away from rocket-based propulsion to send craft/satellites into space or orbit. This includes both liquid and solid based technologies. They are holding us back but, unfortunately, have been all we have had.

This is primarily due to funding. Yes, funding. Take the funding away and guess what gets cut first? R&D. Now that NASA has been neutered with no Space Shuttle, all they can do is R&D while launching rockets... with even further funding cuts.

At least we have privatized spaceflight programs in the works. I have faith they will find profitable, less expensive means to reach space (and they are on track for sure) but still, even in these programs, they are still quite primative and more of an interim step rather than a bold new future.

As Arthur C. Clarke said, "The space elevator will become a reality 50 years after man stops laughing at it," or something akin to that. At least, for now, terrestrial based assist systems are the best we can hope for until we formulate a better, more radical form of propulsion that skirts the laws of physics and bends our minds into new ways of thinking.

As for the Russkies--seems they're chucking spears into the sky with the hopes that one of them might stick. I think this sums up my thoughts nicely.

By Reclaimer77 on 12/27/2011 8:45:09 PM , Rating: 2
As Arthur C. Clarke said, "The space elevator will become a reality 50 years after man stops laughing at it," or something akin to that. At least, for now, terrestrial based assist systems are the best we can hope for until we formulate a better, more radical form of propulsion that skirts the laws of physics and bends our minds into new ways of thinking.

Or we could just build a Moon base. /shrug.

RE: Soyuz is still highly reliable
By ameriman on 12/28/2011 5:25:28 PM , Rating: 3
NASA has had 50 years since the first man in space, 40 years and $500 billion spent since Apollo....
And we are begging/buying rides to space from Russians... haven't gotten more than 300 miles from earth...

Big Govt Federal Agency NASA wasted that time, all that $s...

NASA suckered Congress with a promised $7 million/flight shuttled, delivered a crippling, unsafe, unaffordable, unsustainable $1.5 billion/flight white elephant..

We need do dramatically downsize NASA, get it out of the way..

Get American private enterprise innovation, initiative, efficiency to get us to Mars, make space affordable.

titanium balls lol
By cokbun on 12/27/2011 4:01:46 AM , Rating: 3
"a titanium ball of about 5 kg smash through his roof"
dont you just hate that when it happens.

RE: titanium balls lol
By tastyratz on 12/27/2011 10:53:01 AM , Rating: 3
finders keepers, titanium is expensive. maybe it can help pay for his roof?

By Ammohunt on 12/26/11, Rating: -1
RE: hmmmm
By woody1 on 12/26/2011 11:04:16 AM , Rating: 5
The decision to retire the Space Shuttle was made under the REPUBLICAN President George W. Bush. How do you turn that inescapable fact into an opportunity to bash Obama?

RE: hmmmm
By GuinnessKMF on 12/26/2011 11:18:51 AM , Rating: 1
Did you hear? Everything is an opportunity to bash Obama. I ran out of dishwasher soap this morning ... damn Obama.

RE: hmmmm
By dryloch on 12/26/2011 11:28:41 AM , Rating: 1
The space shuttles are very old and were falling apart so Bush decided to REPLACE them with the Orion Project. Obama was the one who cancelled the Orion project.

RE: hmmmm
By woody1 on 12/26/2011 11:41:22 AM , Rating: 3
That must me the Fox "News" version of the story. The reality is that the Orion project originated by the Bush administration was expected to have it's first manned mission in 2014, while the Shuttle was planned to retire in 2010. The Obama did not cancel Orion, they changed the focus away from Moon exploration toward near earth orbit and Mars exploration. The current project is the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and is scheduled for testing in 2013 or 2014.

RE: hmmmm
By Gondor on 12/26/2011 6:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
You said
The Obama

RE: hmmmm
By woody1 on 12/27/2011 1:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
OOps, typo. I meant to say "The Obama administration....."

RE: hmmmm
By Ammohunt on 12/30/2011 9:33:08 PM , Rating: 3
Nice spin..

RE: hmmmm
By Alexvrb on 12/27/2011 8:53:26 PM , Rating: 2
So because a decision was made during the Bush administration, that somehow stops Obama and Congress after he's gone? Bullcrap. They wanted the shuttle dead too, or else they'd have kept it alive longer. Regardless, I don't care about retiring it. Retiring it is fine. It is outdated junk, and too damn expensive to launch and maintain.

The REAL problem is where is the replacement? How far off is that? No let me guess, NASA's budgest woes even after Bush left office are somehow Bush's fault too. At this rate I'm guessing we'll have a suitable replacement around 2025.

RE: hmmmm
By ameriman on 12/28/2011 5:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
Private industry like SpaceX already has boosters and capsules superior to anything NASA can develop...

We could start tomorrow, building modules, linking/fueling them in orbit, and GO TO MARS.. using existing commercial rockets and capsules..

Instead, Congress is FORCING NASA to blow $60 billion+ to develop a new unwanted/unneeded Government Monster Rocket SLS... forcing use of 'big space' legacy former shuttle profiteer corporations...after NASA just blew $20 billion on their failed/canceled Constellation booster/capsule project..

A Space Program is noble and worthwhile, but wasting $60+ billion on greedy Congressional Govt PORK is immoral.

RE: hmmmm
By ie5x on 12/27/2011 2:07:02 AM , Rating: 1
So, I read the news article twice... it was a piece of Russian satellite which fell through a Russian's roof in Russian territory. What's USA/NASA/Obama got to do with it!?

RE: hmmmm
By PitViper007 on 12/28/2011 11:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
The Russians are who we are now relying on for any of our manned space flights now, at least until Orion is ready to go.

RE: hmmmm
By ie5x on 1/2/2012 6:22:56 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for educating me on that!

Note to self - Need to be more up-to-date on foreign tech-political scenario....

By RANDOPHSKIVITCH on 12/26/11, Rating: -1
By TSS on 12/26/2011 6:28:48 PM , Rating: 4
Please, don't try to type comments with a telegraph. Either update to 21st century punctuation, or get off the net.

By StevoLincolnite on 12/26/2011 9:04:23 PM , Rating: 3

Rockets designed for inter-continental travel is one thing.

Rockets designed to escape earths atmosphere and gravity is a completely different matter and allot more difficult to achieve.

As we saw from 9/11 also is that... You don't need rockets to cause allot of damage.
The "enemy" had a massive technological disadvantage, yet manage to hit the USA pretty darn hard by being thrifty with what they could acquire.

By ameriman on 12/28/2011 5:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
The first American astronauts were orbited using basically unmodified ICBM boosters: Atlas, Titan

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