[FPSPACE] Theories on Naro failure
morrisjones at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 10 22:04:31 EDT 2010
A Russian news agency says that an early separation of the Naro space
rocket’s boosters could have caused the launch failure.
Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted a Russian aviation
expert as saying Friday that the Naro’s second-stage booster could have
separated earlier than scheduled, resulting in the failure.
The expert said that sparks can be seen on video footage of the Naro
taken by KBS 137 seconds after the rocket blasted off. He said that the
sparks suggest that either the rocket’s first- and second-stage boosters
separated too early, or the rocket propellant malfunctioned when the
The remark suggests there was a problem with the first-stage booster,
which was developed by Russia.
The Russian Federal Space Agency and Khrunichev Incorporated, which
developed the first-stage booster, are reportedly refraining from making
comments on the Naro’s launch failure until an official position is
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