Big_Gazza wrote:Another year of launch operations without a launch failure
Serious problems in orbit: Perseus upper stage "stuck" on the way
The Perseus upper stage, launched on Monday evening by the Angara-A5 launch vehicle, does not seem to have reached its design orbit of 35,800 km. According to the US space tracking service NORAD, it has been in orbit between 180 and 200 kilometers for many turns.
Persei booster with payload mockup separates from Angara’s third stage
MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The Persei booster with a full-size payload mockup has separated from the third stage of the Angara-A5 heavy carrier rocket that was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region, the Russian defense ministry said on Monday.
"The orbital block consisting of the Persei booster and the full-size payload mockup separated from the third stage of the Angara-A5 carrier rocket 12 minutes after the launch," it said.
The orbital bloc will be put in orbit by the Persei booster under the routine nine-hour scheme, when the booster’s engine is switched on four times.
The Angara-A5 heavy carrier rocket was launched by the Russian space forces from the Plesetsk spaceport at 22:00 Moscow time on Monday.