Russian space agency Roscosmos says the Russian-made
After launching on a
"According to an analysis of the spacecraft telemetry data, problems with the operation of equipment on board the Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper-stage booster did not arise," Roscosmos said in a statement published on their website Tuesday. The agency did not provide an alternate explanation for the mishap.
The Galileo satellites were to be the first two fully operational units in a
The failure to put the satellites in the correct orbit severely impairs their ability to fulfill their intended function.
Roscosmos said it is working closely with European investigators to ensure that the cause of the botched launch are quickly discovered and addressed so that the Soyuz can resume regular launches from the
The deal with the European Space Agency is of huge importance to Russia's commercial launch industry, which has come under pressure in recent years from a series of launch failures.
The European Commission has ordered investigators to submit a report on the accident by mid-September.
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