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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: Ndunlks@aol.com Original Subject: [UASR] Russian Space Rocket Lost, Crash Likely Original Date: 29th
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 29, 1999
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      Original Subject: [UASR]> Russian Space Rocket Lost, Crash Likely
      Original Date: 29th Oct 99 12.19am

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      Thursday October 28 12:22 AM ET

      Russian Space Rocket Lost, Crash Likely

      BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Ground control lost contact with a Russian
      Proton carrier-rocket launched Wednesday from Baikonur cosmodrome in
      Kazakhstan, and space officials at the base said it appeared the rocket had

      A crash of a Proton in July onto Kazakh territory caused a huge row between
      Russia and the Central Asian state, souring the two nations' normally cordial

      A spokesman for the Khrunichev Space Center in Moscow said the Proton-K
      booster rocket, which was supposed to put in orbit a communications
      satellite, had gone out of control but said he had no further details.

      Sources at Baikonur said that ground control lost contact with the rocket 220
      seconds after blast off. The Proton had failed to reach its intermediary
      orbit, meaning that parts of the launch had probably crashed back to earth,
      the sources said.

      Interfax news agency quoted Russian Defense Ministry sources as saying parts
      of the rocket and satellite had crashed somewhere in Russia's Altai mountains
      or in adjacent regions of Kazakhstan.

      Rocket trajectories from Baikonur are chosen to avoid heavily populated
      areas, tracking mainly across barren Kazakh steppe and remote mountains of
      southern Siberia.

      But a similar Russian Proton rocket that failed at launch from Baikonur in
      July crashed on a remote village and prompted the Kazakh authorities
      temporarily to ban all take offs. They resumed in September.

      Baikonur is the main launch site for the Russian space program and was
      inherited by Kazakhstan after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Moscow rents
      it for $115 million a year.

      A row over payment arrears followed by the July crash led to a bitter row
      between the normally friendly neighboring states and triggered calls in
      Kazakhstan for a greater share in the spoils from future launches.

      The latest failure comes just a month after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
      Putin met then Kazakh Prime Minister Nurlan Balgimbayev to iron out
      differences in the space sector.

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