Saturday, October 08, 2005

Russian Submarine Launched Spacecraft - failures

After three previous Submarine launches of spacecraft have failed the Russians were able to have a successful launch yesterday 10/7. But this success after one day was short lived, the headline today "Experimental Russian Spacecraft Missing". Excerpt:

Moscow, Russia (AHN) – Russian authorities are searching for an experimental mini-spacecraft today, just one day after the prototype was test launched from a nuclear submarine. A Russian news agency reports that engineers have had no contact with the Demonstrator spacecraft since its launch on Friday. No signals are being received from the craft. Workers have called off their search for the night and planned to resume at daybreak.

Previous submarine launch failures included a joint Russian-U.S project attempt at deploying the first controlled flight of a solar sail.

Today news includes another Russian failure of a converted land based ICBM launch with a European Space Agency's (ESA) Cryosat satellite aboard.

The Russians did have a successful launch today of a submarine missile with a different purpose in mind.


Vigilis said...

Lubber, we would do better not to believe all of the Russian reports of their failures and "losses." They certainly have not suddenly become enamoured with telling the world the truth and they are certainly up to sneaky stuff in the satellite/space launch realm. BTW, the U.S. has always done this as well. What do you think the Hubble telescope does for our intelligence agencies?

Lubber's Line said...

Vigilis, I concur the Russians have always been are lovers of good literary fiction and therefore during the Soviet era became masters of disinformation. The Russian space program has had some spectacular failures as well as successes and we should include both in any real assessment of capability.

Incompetence mixed with brilliant engineering a probable description of Russian industry.

PigBoatSailor said...

Um, hey Vig, from a NASA statement:

The surface of the Earth is whizzing by as Hubble orbits, and the pointing system, designed to track the distant stars, cannot track an object on the Earth. The shortest exposure time on any of the Hubble instruments is 0.1 seconds, and in this time Hubble moves about 700 meters. So a picture Hubble took of Earth would be all streaks.

To find images of Earth from other sources in space go to The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of the Earth:

During normal operations, the telescope does not observe targets that are too close to the Sun or the Moon. Some rare exceptions have been made to these rules. For example, the Moon has been observed, and observations have been made of Venus and a comet despite the viewing angle being somewhat closer to the Sun. However, in all these cases, the scientific rationale was sufficiently compelling to justify the significant work required to support these observations.