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Soyuz satellites feared lost in launch failure

29 November 2017

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Nineteen satellites launched on a Soyuz rocket on 28 November are now widely assumed to be lost, with one of the companies involved in the mission stating that the launch was a failure.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East early on 28 November. After initial reports of a successful launch, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said it could not contact the vehicle's primary payload, the Meteor-M No.2-1 weather satellite, because it was not in its planned orbit.

Source: SpaceNews

Image credit: Roscosmos - A Soyuz-2.1b rocket lifts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome November 28. Controllers have not been able to contact the rocket's primary payload, a Meteor-M weather satellite.

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