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Soyuz-2 carrier rocket  (Source: physorg.com)
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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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
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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.


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