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Foton-M No. 1

Soyuz-U-PVB

Russian Space Forces

Launch Status
Failure

Mission

Foton-M No. 1

Type: Earth Science

Foton-M No.1 was a mission by the European Space Agency aboard a Russian Soyuz-U rocket that failed to launch successfully. The spacecraft’s payload consisted of 44 experiments prepared by the European Space Agency, Fluidpac, BIOPAN-4, Telescience Support Unit, and others. Investigation found that the most likely cause of the failure was debris being ingested into the Blok D hydrogen peroxide pump, cutting off the supply of lubricant to the turbopumps. This was the first failure of an R-7 launch vehicle in the first two minutes of launch since 1988.

Location

43/3 (43L)

Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

1659 rockets have launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation.

43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Rocket

Soyuz-U-PVB – Progress Rocket Space Center

Family: Soyuz
Length: 51 m
Diameter: 3 m
Launch Mass: 313 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 6900 kg

The Soyuz-U-PVB was manufactured by Progress Rocket Space Center with the first launch on 1984-03-21. Soyuz-U-PVB has 72 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 74 launches. A Russian orbital launch vehicle. A version of the Soyuz-U with safety modifications to prevent and resist fires in all stages and the upper stage avionics compartment.

Agency

Russian Space Forces

Type: Government
Abbreviation: VKS
Administration: Commander: Aleksandr Golovko
Founded: 1992

Country: RUS

The Russian Space Forces are a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Russia. Having been reestablished following August 1, 2015 merger between the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces after a 2011 dissolving of the branch. The Russian Space Forces were originally formed on August 10, 1992 and the creation of the Russian Armed Forces.

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