LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Failure
Sat Oct 08 2005
Eurockot Launch Services

CRYOSAT

Launch Failure
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

October 8, 2005 at 11:02 AM EDT

(October 8, 2005 at 3:02 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

October 8, 2005 at 11:02 AM EDT

(October 8, 2005 at 3:02 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

October 8, 2005 at 11:02 AM EDT

(October 8, 2005 at 3:02 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Planetary Science
    • CryoSat-1 was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia on October 8, 2005, using a Rockot launcher. (Rockot is a modified SS-19 rocket which was originally an ICBM designed to deliver nuclear weapons, but which Russia is now eliminating in accordance with the START treaties.) According to Mr. Yuri Bakhvalov, First Deputy Director General of the Khrunichev Space Centre, when the automatic command to switch off the second stage engine did not take effect, the second stage continued to operate until it ran out of fuel and as a consequence the planned separation of the third (Breeze-KM) stage of the rocket which carried the CryoSat satellite did not take place, and would thus have remained attached to the second stage. The upper rocket stages, together with the satellite, probably crashed in the Lincoln Sea. Analysis of the error revealed that it was caused by faults in the programming of the rocket, which had not been detected in simulations.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

    Pad

    133/3 (133L)