Contact lost with Russia’s Meteor-M satellite amid fears of launcher’s failed cruise engine

13:40, 28 November 2017
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No telemetry has been received from Meteor-M satellite, launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Russian Far East on Tuesday, November 28, according to the Russian news agency TASS citing its source in the rocket and space industry.

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It is possible that there was a problem with a cruise engine of the launcher's Fregat upper stage, which was to bring Meteor and other satellites into orbit, TASS reports, referring to the source.

"There has still been no contact with the Meteor as telemetry is unavailable. Perhaps there was a problem with a Fregat upper stage's cruise engine," the source told the publication.

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"If there was no second activation of the engine, the device may be in a wrong orbit," the source said.

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