Russia Loses Contact With Newly Launched Satellite… Again

AngoSat 1 during the integration phase. Photo: RSC Energia.

AngoSat 1 during the integration phase. Photo: RSC Energia.

Russia promptly lost contact with Angola’s first telecommunications satellite after launching it from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 26. This comes just weeks after a similar incident in November, when Russia lost contact with a weather satellite it launched from a new complex in Vostochny. The question now is: do these subsequent failures hint at deep troubles within Russia’s space industry?

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