Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Russian Space Chief: Failures May Be Sabotage

Some recent Russian satellite failures may have been the result of sabotage by foreign forces, Russia's space chief suggested. Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin spoke when asked about the failure of the $170 million unmanned Phobos-Grunt probe, which was to explore one of Mars' two moons, Phobos, but became stranded while orbiting Earth after its launch and ultimately fell back to Earth. Popovkin pointed out that some Russian craft had suffered "unexplained" malfunctions while flying over another side of the globe beyond the reach of his nation's tracking facilities. "I wouldn't like to accuse anyone, but today there exists powerful means to influence spacecraft, and their use can't be excluded," Popovkin stated.

http://www.izvestia.ru/news/511258 (interview)

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