Russian satellites fail to enter orbit after launch

Three Russian satellites have failed to
enter orbit after they were launched on a rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan.

Russian aerospace experts said the
satellites and the upper stage rocket carrying them probably fell into the
Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.

Officials said the satellites went off
course after separating with a booster rocket from the main launch rocket.

The satellites were to be part of a
navigation system meant to rival GPS.

They were being carried on a Proton-M
rocket launched earlier on Sunday.

A source in Russia’s aerospace industry
told Ria-Novosti news agency that the rocket had veered off course by eight
degrees after its launch.

Russia has already successfully launched
a number of the Glonass satellites this year. The navigation system is meant to
be in place next year.

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