Astra-2G has emergency landing before it even launches on ILS Proton

by | Oct 28, 2014 | Russia, Satellites | 0 comments

According to news reports, a cargo aircraft carrying the commercial communications satellite Astra-2G from Moscow to the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam, in Kazakhstan, has had to make an emergency landing at Ulyanovsk.  An engine failure aboard the four-jet engine Antonov AN-124 aircraft, flown by the Volga-Dnepr cargo airline, was blamed.

The faulty jet engine is expected to be fixed or their aircraft replaced and the ILS-provided commercial Proton-M launch of the Astra-2G spacecraft for SLS should go ahead as planned on 27 November 2014, assuming there is no other issue preventing it. It had been suggested that a recent inaccurate launch by a Proton M carrying Express AM-6, may delay this launch while investigations to pinpoint the cause of that error were taking place.

The original source is here:

http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2080162#/video/http%3A%2F%2Fplayer.rutv.ru%2Fiframe%2Fvideo%2Fid%2F978303%2Fstart_zoom%2Ftrue%2FshowZoomBtn%2Ffalse%2Fsid%2Fvesti%2FisPlay%2Ftrue%2F

 

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