Russia fails to get satellites into orbit
Russia failed Sunday to send three Glonass navigation satellites into orbit after they were launched by a rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome, space industry sources told Russian news agencies.
"The ballistics experts have checked everything: the upper-stage rocket with the satellites is not on the main, intermediate nor emergency orbit," a source told the RIA Novosti news agency.
"Our calculations show that the upper-stage rocket with the satellites probably fell into the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii," the source said.
The Glonass system is designed by the Russian government as a rival to the United States government's Global Positioning System (GPS).
Russia launched the rocket carrying three of its Glonass navigation satellites into space shortly after 1:00 pm (1000 GMT) Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Interfax news agency reported.
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