Russian rocket fails to send US satellite into orbit

March 15th, 2008 - 5:56 pm ICT by admin  

Moscow, March 15 (Xinhua) A Russian rocket failed to send into orbit a US communication satellite that was launched from Central Asia’s Baikonur space centre early Saturday. The AMC-14 satellite, atop of a Proton-M carrier rocket, was put into a orbit with the apogee altitude of 28,000 km instead of the planned 36,000 km, the Itar-Tass news agency said, citing Russian space agency Roskosmos.

The rocket blasted off at 02.18 Saturday from the Baikonur space centre.

The booster engine, which stopped working before the planned time after its second starting, caused the failure, space specialists were quoted as saying.

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