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.