Regular attempts to establish contact with interplanetary station "Phobos-Grunt" failed. Experts say the chance to save the ship, which was supposed to go to Mars satellite Phobos, closer to zero.
Russian and foreign specialists in the space industry night on Thursday failed to take the signal from the interplanetary station "Phobos-Grunt", which is run after November 9 due to a failure of automation could not reach the estimated trajectory of the flight to Mars.
"On the last night of the spacecraft repeatedly passed over the station at Baikonur and other Russian and foreign points of space communications. While the silence" - quoted by RIA Novosti source in the Russian space industry.
According to a source Interfax, telemetry unit with specialists Space Agency and their counterparts from the European Space Agency (EASA) tried to remove a few times over the past day in Russia, Kazakhstan, French Guiana and Australia, but all efforts were in vain.
The fall is inevitable? U.S. Strategic Command on its website included the "Phobos-Grunt" in the list of potential "space debris" and identified the date of his fall - November 26, specifying at the same time that the band dispersion wrecks can be incredibly broad - 50 degrees north latitude 50 degrees south.
By the evening of November 10 Russian experts cautiously optimistic about the situation at the station changed comments about the possible loss.
Particularly critical of chances, "Phobos" on the successful continuation of the flight's former chief specialist of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Uvarov.
However, the morning of November 11 RIA Novosti source in the space industry reported an updated forecast of the fall: according to him, it will happen no earlier than December 3.
In space professionals alarming fact that the device is not opened up solar panels, as this can not mean the software, namely, technological failure, which can not be eliminated from the earth.
In Roskosmos not lose hope that the "Phobos-Grunt" go with the low reference orbit (200-250 km above the planet surface) where the drifts at the moment, to geosynchronous transfer (from 250 to 35,000 km above the surface), which could delay its decline in indefinite period and will allow satellites to try to establish contact with him.
Ambitious missiyaMarsiansky vehicle "Phobos-Grunt" - the first in 15 years interplanetary probe, launched by Russia after a failed escape "Mars-96".
The total cost of the project "Phobos-Grunt" was 5 billion rubles, while he was insured for 1.2 billion
According to experts, the object starts at November 9 does not start boosters, in the normal state as soon as the completion of the launch vehicle and outputting a spacecraft on its planned trajectory.
Problem with "Phobos" - the fifth emergency situation with the Russian space objects for the year.
In December 2010, had lost three satellites navigation system "GLONASS", followed by the loss of a geodesic apparatus "Geo-IK-2" satellite "Express AM-4", completed the first in 30 years, reliability of the collapse of the cargo ship "Progress" August 24 this year.
Some experts have linked damage "Phobos" with a large-scale crisis in the Russian space industry, and says a shift to a later date next major projects industry, in particular, the launch vehicle "Luna-Glob" for a detailed study of the Earth's satellite.
Earlier it was reported that this priority project Roscosmos can be launched in 2015.