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A Russian general has said that the probe might have been disabled by powerful American radars in Alaska when it passed through the beams.

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If so they should have provided protection or not sent it that way.
Or is it a case of trying to blame ones own failures on someone else.
The Russians have had quite a lot of space failures fairly recently. Whether it is more than other countries I don't know.

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brian livesey wrote:
A Russian general has said that the probe might have been disabled by powerful American radars in Alaska when it passed through the beams.


Hi,
Thats not the first time the High Frequency Active Aurora Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska has been blamed for other events (the 2010 Haiti earthquake was one of them). :roll:
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The General should check his facts.
HAARP is at latitude 62°.4, but Fobos-Grunt has inclination 51°.4, so
it never passes through the beam.


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The general was referring to powerful military radars in Alaska.

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Hi Brian,

I read differently :)
(but then again "apparently" was used in the article)

http://rt.com/news/phobos-grunt-climate-weapon-129/

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It's a pathetic attempt to put the blame on someone else, when we all know perfectly well that the shoestring budget of the project is responsible.


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It might be premature to put the blame on anyone. For all we know, it might have been struck by space junk.

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"The images show that the Phobos-Grunt is moving backwards, with the solar panels deployed but not lightened by the Sun," French astrophotogapher Thierry Legault writes on his website.

http://legault.perso.sfr.fr/phobos-grunt.html

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Hi,
It looks like the craft will come down this weekend, possibly Sunday, over the Indian Ocean. A lot of speculation though and many reports, just read this one ...

http://www.space.com/14230-falling-mars ... oring.html

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Most chance this evening. Above us it must happen on following moments:

15 Jan 19:48 h=17

15 Jan 21:18 h=62

15 Jan 22:49 h=35

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The Russian Space Agency is now saying that powerful radars on the Marshall Islands ( a long way from the previous claim of Alaskan radars ) might have knocked out Phobos-Grunt.
The Agency claims that Nasa was tracking an asteroid at the time, but Nasa denies it was using the radar at that time.
See to-day's spaceweather.com for a summary.

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It was possibly The Men Who Stare at Goats that caused the failure.

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During the passes of P-G in the vicinity of the Marshall Islands on the
launch date, the asteroid in question (2005YU55) was below the horizon,
so the radars would not be attempting to track it.


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stella wrote:
During the passes of P-G in the vicinity of the Marshall Islands on the
launch date, the asteroid in question (2005YU55) was below the horizon,
so the radars would not be attempting to track it.


Hi,

The Russian Space Agency can now consider themselves "stella'rd" :)

Wonder what the next excuse will be ?

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