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Ever automatic your GPS wrong? That happened to this Russian rocket

  • December 27, 2017

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin pronounced on Wednesday the unsuccessful launch of a 2.6 billion-rouble ($57 million Cdn) satellite final month was due to an annoying programming error.
Russian space group Roscosmos pronounced final month it had lost contact with a newly-launched continue satellite — the Meteor-M — after it bloody off from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East.

Eighteen smaller satellites belonging to scientific, research and blurb companies from Russia, Norway, Sweden, a United States, Japan, Canada and Germany, were on house the same rocket.

Speaking to Rossiya 24 state TV channel, Rogozin pronounced the failure had been caused by tellurian error.

The rocket carrying a satellites had been automatic with the wrong coordinates, he said, observant it had been given bearings for take-off from a opposite cosmodrome — Baikonur — which Moscow leases from Kazakhstan.


The rocket carrying a satellites had been automatic with orientation for take-off from a opposite cosmodrome — Baikonur — rather than a Vostochny cosmodrome that it indeed launched from. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)

“The rocket was unequivocally automatic as if it was holding off from Baikonur,” pronounced Rogozin. “They didn’t get a coordinates right.”

The Vostochny spaceport, laid out in a thick taiga timberland of a Amur Region, is a initial municipal rocket launch site in Russia.
In Apr final year, after delays and large costs overruns, Russia launched a initial rocket from Vostochny, a day after a technical glitch forced an annoying delay of the event in a participation of President Vladimir Putin.

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