As a consequence, the separation of the second stage fromupper stage did not occur. Thus, the combined stack of the two stagesand the CryoSat satellite fell into the nominal drop zone north ofGreenland close to the North Pole into high seas with no consequencesto populated areas.
An investigating commission by the RussianState authorities has been established to further analyze the reasonsfor the failure, results are expected within the next weeks. Thiscommission will work in close cooperation with a failure investigationboard consisting of Eurockot, ESA and Khrunichev representatives.
This information is released at the same time by Eurockot and ESA.
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