19 spacecraft go missing after Russian weather satellite launch goes awry

Second Soyuz Rocket Launch From Vostochny Cosmodrome Due On November 28

Russia loses contact with Meteor satellite launched hours earlier, says space agency

Roskosmos announced the launch of the unit with the satellite "meteor-M" satellite into orbit, but after a while I was informed that the connection establish failed.

These satellites belong to scientific, research and commercial companies from Russia, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Japan, Canada and Germany, Roscosmos said.

This was only the second launch from Russia's new multibillion dollar spaceport in the Far East as the country looks to move away from relying on the Baikonur Cosmodrome base in Kazakhstan.

The spacecraft was launched from Vostochny spaceport at 8.41am Moscow time and contained not only the Meteor M2-1 satellite, but 18 other satellites on board as well.

Marking another milestone after the inaugural liftoff past year, the Soyuz rocket carrying the Meteor weather satellite and other equipment took off at 2:41 pm (0541 GMT) from far eastern Russian Federation.

But the state space agency Roscosmos later said although the upper stage had reached interim orbit, the satellite then failed to make contact with ground control "because of its absence in the final orbit". "Currently, the information is being analyzed".

The unmanned Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched with a Fregat booster.

Interfax earlier cited an unnamed source saying there had been a two hour communication silence from the orbiting craft.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the inaugural launch of a Soyuz 2 rocket.

'The launch of foreign devices with the help of Russian launch vehicles should strengthen our positions on the global market of space services and increase the volume of extra-budgetary funds and investments, ' he said.

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