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CryoSat Mission Lost Due To Launch Failure

October 11, 2005
European Space Agency
Yuri Bakhvalov, First Deputy Director General of the Khrunichev Space Centre on behalf of the Russian State Commission officially confirmed that the launch of CryoSat ended in a failure due to an anomaly in the launch sequence and expressed his regret to ESA and all partners involved.
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CryoSat launch, 8 October 2005.
Credit: s: ESA - S. Corvaja

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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