2nd 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 150 seconds after the takeoff,
according to Interfax news agency.
The rocket fell into the Pacific waters not far away from the
Odyssey sea launch pad, which was operated by the Sea Launch
Designed by the Energy Rocket-Space Corporation, the Zenit
rocket was built by the Ukrainian Yuzhmash plant and was initially
scheduled to send the Intelsat-27 satellite into space on
The launch was delayed due to request from the U.S. side. The
satellite was built by the U.S. Boeing corporation with a designed
life span of 15 years.
Russia's Mission Control Center has confirmed the launch
failure and formed a commission to probe into the accident, local
The first stage of the rocket is equipped with the RD-171
engine made in Russia's Energomash Scientific-Priduction Company.
An press officer from the Energomash told Xinhua the company
refrains from commenting on the cause of the accident until an
investigation is completed.
Founded in 1995, the Sea Launch consortium was made up by four
companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States, with
the Russian company holding 95 percent of the shares.
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