Next U.S. crash Phobos-Soil


19/01/2012

Russia on Tuesday said the failure to Phobos-Grunt could be caused by radiation from U.S. radars.

"There is a theory", - said Yuri Koptev, the head of the scientific committee of the state company Russian Technologies.

"To test (the theory), process unit, similar to the one used on the Phobos-Grunt will be exposed to radiation from the possible unintentional source: U.S. radar" - said Koptev, once the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Federal Space Agency is studying the possible causes of a recent large-scale space setbacks, after the automatic station, launched in November, has found its inglorious end fell back to Earth in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that most of the failures Space Agency are echoes of the dark period ’90s, when poor funding could result in problems with the equipment.

"If we confirm the fact of a foreign influence on our space equipment, we will review their findings on the causes of failures," - he said, referring to the West.

Roscosmos mentioned the possibility of foreign interference last week when the head of the agency, Vladimir Popovkin openly questioned the reasons for the problem most likely to occur in the Western Hemisphere.

"I do not want to accuse anyone, but today there are very powerful tools that can be used against spacecraft, and such a possibility we can not rule out" - he said.

The collapse of the Phobos-Grunt was one of the largest in history and at a cost of 165 million dollars, while on board a Chinese satellite, which were supposed to deliver to the orbit of Mars.

Original: Physorg


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