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Computer error blamed in Russian launch

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Computer error blamed in Russian launch

 

MOSCOW (UPI) -- A programming error has been blamed in the unsuccessful launch of three Russian satellites that failed to achieve orbit, Russian space industry sources say

A Proton-M carrier rocket launched Sunday was to put the satellites in orbit to complete Russia's Glonass satellite navigation system, RIA Novosti reported

Following the launch from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, however, the rocket veered off course, resulting in the loss of a booster section with the satellites

The spacecraft reportedly fell into the Pacific Ocean to the northwest of Hawaii

"According to preliminary information, there were no technical problems with the Proton itself during lift-off," a source told RIA Novosti

"A range of specialists consider that program errors in Proton's on-board computer led to the engines failing to function as normal, giving the rocket an extra boost and taking it into the wrong orbit," the source said

Glonass, designed for both military and civilian use, is the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation

into the loss of the satellites, RIA Novosti said

 

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