Russia Achieves Successful Soyuz Rocket Flight


A launch of a Soyuz U rocket (Source: Roscosmos).

A Russian Glonass-M satellite has reached orbit after a successful launch of a Soyuz 2-1B rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. This is the first Soyuz launch since the August 23 failure of the Progress M12-M launch. According to the Interministrial Commission that investigated the accident, the reason of the failure of the Soyuz third engine was a faulty gas generator.

The Glonass satellite navigation system is Russia’s equivalent to US GPS. The fleet of 27, with only 23 operational, still lacks a couple more spare satellite in order to insure global coverage. Russia had lost three Glonass satellites in December, 2010, for a failure of a Proton-M rocket.

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Andrea Gini

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Andrea Gini is a scientific journalist and a professional of the space industry, working as a contractor on ISS Payload Safety. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Space Safety Magazine. Andrea is also Chairman of the Information and Communication Committee of the International Association for Advancement in Space Safety (IAASS), publisher of the Space Safety Magazine, and he is responsible for the communication strategy of the association, Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in scientific journalism from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.