Posted on 25 Aug 2011 by Daniel
Progress 44 fails to reach orbit
Bad news! Bound for the International Space Station, Progress 44 was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 15:00 CEST yesterday but failed to reach its target orbit and crashed in Siberia, Russia. Five minutes and 50 seconds after launch, an 'off-nominal situation' was reported, with a loss of telemetry. Thomas Reiter, ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations, is following the latest developments very closely and will assess consequences to ESA upcoming missions.