Progress Fails To Make Progress

It’s been a really bad week for the Russians with two rocket failures in the last seven days and four failures total in less than a year.

Russian Progress space freighter lost

An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency said the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying three tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

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It appears the Soyuz rocket’s third and final propulsion stage shut down early. As a result, the Russian federal space agency (Roskosmos) said, the Progress vessel “was not placed in the correct orbit”.

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Officials reported the ship coming down in Russia’s Altai province, some 1,500km northeast of the launch site. A loud explosion was heard in the region and there were reports of windows being blown out, but it is not thought there were any injuries on the ground as a result of wreckage coming out of the sky.

See also:
Russia’s Progress M-12M launches toward ISS – fails to achieve orbit
Russian supply spacecraft crashes after launch
Russian cargo rocket lost in rare launch mishap
Technology.ISS supplies strained as Russian Progress freighter crashes to Earth
Space station manager: We can weather the Russian crash
Rocket headed for space station crashes
Russian Progress unmanned ISS resupply vehicle lost during launch
Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia
Unmanned Russian Supply Ship for Space Station Crashes
Search Underway for Remains of Russian Spacecraft
Debris from Russian space freighter falls in south Siberia
Spaceship crash ‘exposes Russia’s systemic failures’
Russia likely to suspend space deliveries over loss of Progress freighter
Roscosmos to tighten control of space industry after rocket lost
Russia grounds rocket, orders probe
Russian spacecraft lost to apparent engine failure uninsured
Will cargo crash leave ISS crew high and dry?

It’s not that I was a big fan of the space shuttle, but if the Russians can’t get these recurrent rocket failure problems under control, there’s a possibility that the International Space Station might eventually have to be abandoned, because there’s currently no available alternative to supply the ISS. The ISS managers are putting on a brave face that they can manage the cargo loss, but losing three tons of scheduled resupply has just got to hurt.

/what is it they say about putting all your eggs in one basket?

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Who’s Killing Iran’s Nuclear Scientists?

Is it the CIA, MI6, Mossad, Iran itself? Who knows? It really doesn’t matter, as long as they keep turning up dead it’s all good.

Bomb Attack Killed Distinguished Iranian University Professor

Two separate terrorist attacks on Iranian professors in Tehran today killed a distinguished university professor and injured another academician, IRNA reported.

Professor Majid Shahriari lost his life after unknown assailants driving a motorcycle attacked his car when he was on his way to Shahid Beheshti University accompanied by his wife who is in good condition at a nearby hospital.

Another attack directed against professor Fereydoun Abbasi also occurred at about the same time by unknown assailants. Abbasi received some injuries after the attack but he is in stable condition.

Today’s incidents resemble a similar attack on Iranian nuclear scientist Masoud Alimohamadi last January in front of his home. He was killed by a booby-trapped motorcycle parked near place of resident.

See also:
A physicist killed, another injured in terrorist explosions in Tehran
Spokesman Blames West for Involvement in Assassination of Iranian Scientists
West behind recent terror acts in Tehran, Iran says
West behind latest attacks, Iran says
Iran Accuses Israel of Attacks on Scientists
‘Iran bomb attacks show enemy despair’
Iranian nuclear scientist ‘killed by Mossad or the CIA’
Iran blames British Secret Intelligence Service for attack on nuclear scientists
Report: Revolutionary Guards behind attack on nuke scientist
Is the Mossad Targeting Iran’s Nuclear Scientists?
Yossi Melman: Mossad, MI6, the CIA and the case of the assassinated scientist
Missing or killed Iran scientists

If you’re an Iranian nuclear scientist, you’ve got to be thinking long and hard about your safety right about now and possibly even defecting to the West. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if these Iranian scientists have been contacted by Western intelligence services and given the choice, work for us or else.

/assassination, doing the work that Stuxnet can’t