LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Failure
Tue Oct 15 2002
Russian Space Forces

Foton-M No. 1

Launch Failure
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

October 15, 2002 at 2:20 PM EDT

(October 15, 2002 at 6:20 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

October 15, 2002 at 2:20 PM EDT

(October 15, 2002 at 6:20 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

October 15, 2002 at 2:20 PM EDT

(October 15, 2002 at 6:20 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • 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.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

    Pad

    43/3 (43L)