Roskosmos asked the Americans to explain the compensation of the failed start-up


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“Glavkosmos” sent a request to the insurance company Starr Aviation and the company-customer Astro Digital with the aim of clarification, on what grounds was conducted by the insurance payout for broken satellites Landmapper-Landmapper and BC1-BC2 running a Corporation. It is reported by RIA Novosti.

“In the case of company Astro Digital “glavkosmos” had provided all the necessary reports on the held to launch the campaign, which resulted in the successful separation of the spacecraft customer on a given orbit. In the report there is mention of anomalies in the work of one of the thrusters of the booster unit, confirming that the results of the start-up is not affected, and the launch was found to be completely successful,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

He stressed that all deviations arising in the course of each run are considered in accordance with the internal procedures of “Roscosmos”. “Commissions “Roscosmos” it is established that the recorded comments did not affect the quality of target solutions and are not transferred to the customer without further requests, a detailed study of the systems of the booster. In the case of company Astro Digital official inquiries about the need to provide additional information not received”, — concluded the representative of the Corporation.

Astro Digital managed to get telemetry data of the launch, which showed that one of the engines of the upper stage leaked hydrazine, ignite after turning on the other power unit booster. The result is placed in the head part of the rocket, the satellites were damaged.

To similar conclusions came the Russian team involved in the creation of Sputnik “Mayak” displayed along with spacecraft Dauria Aerospace and Astro Digital. The developers showed that the satellites were placed in orbit with an approximate apogee of 600 km, out of order because “exposed to the decomposition products of hydrazine from one or more liquid thrusters for reactive control system upper stage”.

Received by Russian developers data “glavkosmos” called speculation, but reserved the right “in the case of continued speculation to apply appropriate measures.”

Roskosmos also refused to provide a private Russian company Dauria Aerospace, made by order of the state Corporation satellites, MKA-N No. 1 and No. 2, telemetry data from the upper stage “Fregat”, but still requires startup of 290 million rubles for the broken spacecraft.

During the launch of Russian rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” (with upper stage block “Frigate”) 14 July 2017 for three different orbits were withdrawn 73 of the satellite. At the same problem at different times was observed only from spacecraft, to orbit with an approximate apogee of 600 kilometres (12 of the 24 satellites).

Video, photo All from Russia.


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