Monday, July 03, 2006

Russian Spy Satellite Goes Kaput

An AFP newswire article, via, reports that:

A Russian spy satellite launched this week has failed to open one of two solar panels on board and cannot fulfil its mission, the Kommersant daily on Monday quoted a Russian defence official saying.

The Kosmos-2421, a Russian navy satellite for intelligence-gathering and identifying targets, was launched on Sunday from Baikonur, Russia's cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Kommersant said.

The daily cited a naval command official as saying that the satellite could not generate enough power and therefore could not deploy its equipment.

More here.


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