A Russian satellite has collided with the minutes of Siberia after its launch due to rocket failure, the ministry of defense said, the latest setback for Russia humiliating embattled space program.
The failure of the rocket Soyuz-2.1B - a member of the same family that Russia uses to send humans to space - comes after a ship equipped with International Space Station destination (ISS) carried by a Soyuz collided with Siberia in August .
"The satellite did not go into its orbit. A commission to investigate the causes of the accident was," the spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin space force of Russia has told the Interfax news agency.
He said the problem happened about seven minutes after the launch of communications satellite Meridian on Soyuz rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia due to failure of third rocket stage.
"What has happened today confirms that the (space) the industry is in crisis," the head of the Russian Space Agency Roskosmos, Vladimir Popofkin, told the news agency ITAR-TASS.
Anatoly Perminov Popofkin's predecessor was sacked in April after a series of setbacks, including a failure to extremely embarrassed in December 2010 when three new navigation satellites for the Russian Glonass system clashed with the ocean away from Hawaii instead of reaching orbit.
The recent problems are particularly painful for Russia because it marks half a century by Yuri Gagarin made the first human space flight.
The Russian news agencies, citing defense sources, said the satellite had collided with the central Siberian region of Novosibirsk and his remains had already been found on the ground.
The workers from the Russian emergencies ministry as well as the police were on their way to the scene that had been isolated away, Interfax said, but there was no reports of injuries or damage to property.
It was the fifth launch of a satellite from the series Meridiana has two civilian and military use and are intended to provide communications to ships in the Arctic as well as regions of Siberia and Far East of Russia remote.
The Soyuz-2.1B belongs to the rocket from the Soyuz family of rockets has been the backbone of Moscow's space program for decades.
They are used to launch humans to the International Space Station.
The satellite was supposed to have separated from the rocket about nine minutes after its launch, the ITAR-TASS reported earlier.
But the carrier rocket has experienced problems even before the covert attempt at separation, meaning that he never reached the low Earth orbit, an unnamed source told the news agency.
The loss of the satellite Meridian stage a disastrous 12 months for Russia, which has already seen it loses three navigation satellites, a satellite advanced military, a satellite telecommunications, as well as a probe to Mars Progress.
The ship equipped with unmanned Progress, which collided with Siberia in August was launched by a Soyuz and that this failure has forced the temporary basis of rockets and well as a re-jig wholsale station which provides the staff of 'ISS.
Following the retirement of the shuttle in July U.S., Russia is currently the only nation capable of carrying humans to the space station.
Russia has recognized the almost certain loss of the Phobos-Grunt's probe to Mars's largest moon, which was launched on November 9 but has not directed outside of orbit of the Earth on its way to the Red Planet.
Interfax said that the financial losses from the loss of the satellite Meridian could amount to two and one billion rubles had been assured that it was not possible.
Also Friday, a Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying a crew of three multinational successfully docked with the ISS two days after its launch from the Kazakh steppe, mission control said.