Russia lost a $45m satellite because of a launchpad mix-up

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Despite Russia’s ambitious plans for space domination it’s not had a great deal of luck bringing its designs to fruition. The Roscosmos program’s budget was slashed in 2015 (because of “moral decay“) and in April last year a technical glitch postponed the launch of its first rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome. Now, the team have straight-up lost a satellite after setting it to launch from the wrong place.

The 2.6 billion-rouble ($45 million) satellite — the Meteor M — was launched last month from Vostochny, with Roscosmos losing contact with it shortly after. It then emerged that the rocket carrying the satellite had been programmed with the wrong coordinates, and had instead been given bearings for far-off cosmodrome Baikonur. Deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin blamed the snafu on an “embarrassing programming error”, which isn’t going to instil much confidence in future guests of Russia’s space hotel, also announced this week.

Source: Guardian

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