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Medvedev says space failures cost Russia prestige and cash

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Aug. 9, 2012, 4:25 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Reuters

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
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MOSCOW - Moscow is losing prestige and money due to botched space projects, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday after Russia junked two satellites in the latest launch failure to dog the once-pioneering industry.

The failure of a workhorse Proton rocket after launch on Monday caused the multimillion-dollar loss of Indonesia's Telkom-3 and Russia's Express-MD2 satellites, according to Russia's space agency.

Russian space agency Roskosmos said an engine failure in the rocket's upper stage, called the Briz-M, meant the craft went into the wrong orbit. A similar problem caused the loss of a $265 million communications satellite last year.

"I don't know the reason for the loss of our satellites - whether it is the upper stage, mechanical damage, elementary negligence or everything together - but we cannot stand this any longer," Medvedev said at a televised government meeting.

"We are losing our authority and billions of roubles."

Medvedev said he would hold a meeting on the subject next week and ordered government officials to look into recent failures. "They must report their recommendations on who to punish and what to do further."

Moscow is struggling to restore confidence in its space industry after a series of mishaps last year, including the failure of a mission to return samples from the Martian moon Phobos.

Such failures for Russia, which conducts 40 percent of global space launches, may undermine its standing in the market, strengthening competitors such as Europe's Ariane rocket.

Telkom-3 was the first satellite Jakarta had purchased from Moscow, built by Russia's ISS-Reshetnev with communication equipment made by French-led satellite maker Thales Alenia Space . Express-MD2 was a small communication satellite, made for the Russian Satellite Communications Company.

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gary yellando Aug. 9, 2012, 4:45 p.m.    

U S A go to mars.........Russia go to ..whopps.......Russia !!!!!

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kpxoxol Aug. 10, 2012, 4:26 a.m.    

USA cant lift their fat arse withou the Russia help - NASA workhorse ATLAS-5 uses Russia-made RD-180 rocket engine for their maun buster, you stupid orange moron, heh, heh, heh :D

Atlas V
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Atlas V is an active expendable launch system in the Atlas rocket family. Atlas V was formerly operated by Lockheed Martin, and is now operated by the Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance. Each Atlas V rocket uses a Russian-built RD-180 engine burning kerosene and liquid oxygen to power its first stage and an American-built RL10 engine burning liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to power its Centaur upper stage. The RD-180 engines are provided by RD AMROSS ....

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from eu Aug. 11, 2012, 2:13 a.m.    

OK BUT USA ARRIVE TO MARS AND RUSSIA...........engine is not the only delicate system for a rocket,russia know how to do an engine but for the rest is out,instead america has thousands of super engeneers that are able to build everything in a right way,dear kpxoxol drive your monkey lada granta and be happy of your poor technology

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