Topic: Phobos-Grunt spacecraft
MOSCOW, January 10 (RIA Novosti)
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Phobos-Grunt, a failed Russian sample mission to a Martian moon, was launched despite risks of which Russian scientists were well aware, the head of the Russian space agency said on Tuesday.
Phobos-Grunt, Russia's most ambitious planetary mission in decades, was launched on November 9 but it was lost due to propulsion failure and stuck in the low-earth orbit. It is expected to fall back to Earth on January 15, presumably in Afghanistan.
Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Roscosmos, said in an interview with the Izvestia daily that even if Russia hadn't lost the mission, it would still lose five billion rubles ($157 million).
“We were hostages to previously made decisions, we had commitments to the European Space Agancy, which provided equipment, and to our Chinese colleagues as we undertook the task of delivering their satellite to Mars onboard Phobos-Grunt,” Popovkin said.
It took too long to build the spacecraft, he said, and the life span of many parts was about to expire. The project officially began in 1999.
The Russian space chief said he had no explanation to frequent space project failures, which have plagued the Russian space industry in the past years.
“I don’t want to make any accusations, but today there is powerful equipment to influence spacecrafts, and the possibility of their use should not be ruled out,” he said.
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- ruypenalvaHe should be more clear as to his comments06:19, 10/01/2012Mr. Popvkin should be more clear,explicit, regarding his last comments:
“I don’t want to make any accusations, but today there is powerful equipment to influence spacecrafts, and the possibility of their use should not be ruled out,”.
What kind of equipment are these? Who possess and could use them? That interference (as in Bulava launches) did come from USA?
In any case, Russia should monitor better its launches to detect any possible magnetic, laser, eletronic interference coming from alien source. Russia spaces forces are at risk, witches there really exist.
- ArmenianThese incidents need to be thoroughly investigated02:47, 13/01/2012I hope the GRU/FSB are looking closely into these incidents. I find it odd that just when Russia was gaining acknowledgment and respect around the world for being more effective than the United States in space travel, these mishaps suddenly began occuring. The first thing I would start investigating is the personnel and firms working for or in Russia's space industry.
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.