1st LD: Russia fails in launching satellite
MOSCOW, Feb 01, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A Russian Zenit-3SL carrying rocket
failed to send an U.S. telecommunications satellite into space and
fell down into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, local media reported.
The Zenit's pointing and attitude control system failed
immediately after the lift-off from a sea launch pad at 10: 56
Moscow time (0656 GMT) and the RD-171 booster was automatically
switched off, local media reported.
The first stage of the rocket malfunctioned, leading the rocket
to an incorrect trajectory after takeoff, according to Interfax
The rocket fell into the Pacific waters not far away from the
Odyssey sea launch pad.
Designed by the Energy Rocket-Space Corporation, the Zenit
rocket was planned to send the Intelsat-27 satellite into space.
The satellite was built by the U.S. Boeing corporation with a
designed life span of 15 years.
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