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Reports: Satellite Failed to Reach Orbit 1 hour, 7 minutes ago

A Russian satellite has failed to reach its designated orbit, news reports
said Friday in the latest is a series of mishaps that have dented the
prestige of the country's space program.

The Mozhayets-5 satellite, intended for optical experiments, was launched
Thursday by the Kosmos-3M booster rocket from the northern Plesetsk
cosmodrome. Space officials have lost contact with the satellite, which
failed to enter its planned orbit, the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti
news agencies reported.

The rocket also carried seven smaller foreign satellites that successfully
entered their designated orbits.

Officials at Russia's Space Forces that oversaw the launch weren't
immediately available for comment.

The problems with Mozhayets-5 follow the loss of a high-profile European
space vehicle earlier this month and other recent failures that have
tarnished Russia's space program.

The European Space Agency's CryoSat satellite was lost Oct. 8 due to the
failure of a Russian Rokot booster, dealing a major blow to the ESA, which
had hoped to conduct a three-year mapping of Earth's polar ice caps and
provide more reliable data for the study of global warming.

Also this month, scientists failed to recover another experimental space
vehicle and lost contact with a Russian Earth-monitoring satellite.

Russian space officials also postponed the launch of an ESA probe intended
to explore Venus from last Wednesday to an unspecified date next month after
pre-launch checks had revealed a problem with thermal insulation in the
booster's upper stage.

The Russian Space Agency depends on revenue from commercial launches of
foreign satellites to complement meager state funding.

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