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Cyclone-3 stage collapsed in orbit

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In orbit, the exhaustion stage of the Soviet Cyclone-3 launch vehicle collapsed. This happened 29 years after its launch. As a result, 75 debris was formed, the fate of which is monitored by space surveillance services.

“The destruction … occurred on February 12 at 10:46 UTC,” the 18th squadron of space control of the United States Air Force said in a statement.

The Soviet three-stage rocket Cyclone-3, a light class carrier, was launched on August 14, 1991 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. It provided the launch of automatic spacecraft for scientific, applied and commercial purposes weighing up to four tons into low and medium Earth orbits.

The last launch of Cyclone-3 was carried out in 2009. He put into orbit the scientific satellite “Koronas-Photon”, designed to “study the two main problems of the physics of the Sun – to clarify the internal structure of the star and the nature of solar flares.”

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