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Launched from the spaceport, the Eastern satellite did not reach the target orbit

The meteorosphere "Meteor-M 2-1" could not be brought to the target solar-synchronous orbit, according to preliminary information from Roskosmos, the accident was caused by the accident in the Fregat overclocking unit.

As reported to journalists at the agency, as a result of the Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle, the head unit as part of the Fregat upper stage and Meteor-M satellite was put into a given intermediate orbit, but then “during the first scheduled communication session with the satellite failed establish a connection due to the lack of it in the target orbit ".

According to sources of news agencies, the satellite may be in an off-design orbit, or it may have dropped into the ocean near Antarctica. The reason is called the error in the flight task, that is, the "human factor". At the same time, sources in the Ministry of Defense claim that the reason can only be in “hardware,” that is, in technical malfunction. According to experts, the failure could lead to the cancellation of the third launch, scheduled for December, and, in any case, a negative impact on the position of the Russian Federation in the field of space services.

The satellite "Meteor-M 2-1" was insured in four insurance companies (50% in SOGAZ, 35% - Ingosstrakh, 10% - Megaruss, 5% - VSC) for 2,6 billion rubles.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket with the Meteor-M satellite, # 2-1, took place at 14.41 local time (08.41 Moscow time) on Tuesday from the Vostochny space center in the Amur region. Also on board the launch vehicle is a student satellite "Baumanets-2" and nano-devices. The rocket brought the cargo to a low Earth orbit.
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