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Nearly a disaster. Energia rocket first launch with Polyus.

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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2006

First energiya rocket launch. This rocket was also used to launch the soviet space shuttle.

Video from http://www.buran-energia.com/

You can see that it bents slightly just after lift-off (I bet some engineers suddenly remembered the N1). This was likely a bug in the guidance system, since this was the first launch and the second one (the one carrying the buran) went perfectly. Although that was a little scary, the system recovered very well and did a successful launch.

The polyus payload guidance system failed after it was separated from energia core causing it to not reach orbit.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/forum/... view.asp?tid=4913&posts=35&start=1
http://www.spacevideo.ru/movie/movie....

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