One of the satellites launched on December 5 by a Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket did not separate from the upper block, and may be sunk, a source in the space industry said Sunday.
On Saturday, a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket laden with two defense satellites was launched from the Russian Plesetsk Cosmodrome.
"One of the space apparatuses of the military designation is experiencing issues. According to the preliminary data, it did not separate from the Volga upper stage. At the moment, there are discussions taking place on the removal from orbit and subsequent sinking of the Volga upper stage and the satellite in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry," the source told RIA Novosti.