The official Russian media then reported that one of the first two firings of the Fregat upper stage had not taken place as planned, possibly leaving the stack in a wrong orbit. There was also early confirmation that the Fregat did begin its first firing, but it was unclear whether it had been concluded as planned.
In the early afternoon Moscow Time, the Interfax news agency reported that preliminary data had indicated that a human error in the pre-programmed flight sequence could have placed the Fregat upper stage into wrong orientation during its first maneuver, sending the space tug and its payloads into the Atlantic Ocean.
JetBuddy wrote:Wow that really sucks. Soyuz is really reliable and dependable, but that doesn't help if a human programmed it wrong.
WIederling wrote:JetBuddy wrote:Wow that really sucks. Soyuz is really reliable and dependable, but that doesn't help if a human programmed it wrong.
I do wonder about the stark disparity of manned and unmanned missions.
Is sabotaging of manned mission too problematic?
JetBuddy wrote:That this was sabotage, and that it would happen to manned missions as well if it wasn't for the loss of life?
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