Russia Reportedly Loses Military Satellite
February 01, 2011
Russia has ordered a search for a missing military satellite that apparently was put into the wrong orbit shortly after launch today.
Russian news agencies say the defense ministry and the Russian space agency have set up a joint task force to look for the missing craft. There was no independent confirmation of the report.
The Geo-IK-2 satellite was intended to help the military survey land and to produce a detailed three-dimensional map of the earth.
The incident comes a month after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked two top space officials for a similar setback and delivered another humiliating blow to Russia's space industry.
compiled from agency reports
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