three Russian GLONASS satellites crash into Pacific


After the failed launch of a Russian Proton M rocket today three GLONASS satellites for navigation ended in the Pacific Ocean somewhere near Hawaii.

They were launched from Kazakhstan from the Baikonur Space Center as part of GLONASS project which is supposed to compete with US’ GPS satellites we’ve all been using.

According some reports the rocket was off by eight degrees from its course and the payload never made it to its planned orbit and eventually succumbed to gravity.

These three navigation satellites were part of the last batch to complete the planned 24 which Russia has been working on for quite sometime.

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One Response to “three Russian GLONASS satellites crash into Pacific”

  1. freddyb Says:

    Well, at that angle it’s no surprise that it never made it into orbit!


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