Man Escapes Death as Russian Satellite Fragment Crashes Into House

December 26, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Andrei Krivorukov is a lucky man. He never knew he was saving his dear life just by going out to fetch firewood before a titanium ball of about five kg crashed into his house, landing at the spot where he was minutes before.

It was a part of the Russian civilian and military communications satellite launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, which failed to reach its planned orbit when a Soyuz-2 rocket exploded in mid air. It all happened a few minutes after its launch.

The Soyuz-2.1B rocket is from the family of Soyuz rockets that has been the backbone of Moscow’s space program for decades, with a whole lot of successful missions since the 1960s to its credit.

The Meridian series of satellites provide communication between vessels, airplanes and coastal regions o the ground and also to expand a network of satellite communication in the regions of Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Russian news agencies said that the Meredian satellite had crashed into central Siberian region of Novosibirsk and eight satellite fragments have been found in an area 100 km from the city.

Back to Krivorukov, the city administration has said that it will pay for the repairs.

Lucky. Twice!

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