French Ariane ruins Kazakhstan's first surveillance satellite?04 may 2014, 00:36
The Atlantic has release a photo by Reuter's photographer Tarso Sarraf of a part of Ariane rocket lifted from a river somewhere in Brazil, Tengrinews reports.
Take a look at this photo that shows police and local residents pulling a piece of a rocket from the Urindeua river near Slinopolis in northeastern Brazil. The piece eerily resembles the Vega booster that was supposed to take Kazakhstan's first surveillance satellite into the orbit. It has the same logos on it.
The Vega carrier rocket carrying the Kazakh satellite was launched from Kourou space center in French Guiana on April 30 after two days of delays. Everyone called the launched successful. And the rocket was supposed to release the satellite into the orbit in less then an hour after it took off at 7:35 Astana time (01:35 UTCT) on April 30.
There have been no official reports from the European Space Agency that the mission was a failure. But the Reuters photo is dated April 28, which raises some questions, because according to the official information, the satellite was launched only on April 30.
So either the information that the launched took place on the 30th and was successful in not true, or the Reuters photo made on April 28 is a fake. Both Reuters and Ariane have their reputation at stake in this case.
Besides, Kazakhstan has not release a report that its satellite was OK and functioning. But it did make a statement that the satellite was launched on the 30th, however.
Ariane is French Arianespace, the world's first commercial space transportation company. It was only the third mission for the Vega carrier rocket. The young four-stage booster was designed to carry small scientific spacecraft and other light payloads.
KazEOSat-1 was a 900kg satellite with expected lifespan is 7.5 years that had to be deployed into a Sun-synchronous orbit. The satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space for Kazakhstan.
It is designed to deliver high-quality panchromatic and multispectral products for a wide range of applications like environmental monitoring, management of natural resources, and homeland surveillance. It can also be an aid in forecasting natural disasters, monitoring agricultural crops and exploration of national resources, including oil.
By Tatyana Kuzmina