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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Another Satellite Goes Off Course

A Russian satellite has failed to reach its designated orbit, news reports said Friday, marking the latest is a series of mishaps that have dented the prestige of the country's space program.

The Mozhayets-5 satellite, intended for optical experiments, was launched Thursday by the Kosmos-3M booster rocket from the northern Plesetsk launch pad.

Space officials have lost contact with the satellite which failed to enter its planned orbit, news agencies reported. The rocket also carried seven smaller foreign satellites that successfully entered their designated orbits.

Officials with the Space Forces, which oversaw the launch, were not immediately available for comment.

The problems with Mozhayets-5 follow the loss of a high-profile European space vehicle earlier this month and other failures which have made this month troublesome for the nation's space program. The European Space Agency's CryoSat satellite was lost earlier this month due to the failure of a Russian Rokot booster.