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November 29, 2017
WASHINGTON — Nineteen satellites launched on a Soyuz rocket Nov. 28 are now widely assumed to be lost, with one of the companies involved in the mission stating that the launch was a failure.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East early Nov. 28. After initial reports of a successful launch, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said it could not contact the vehicle's primary payload, the Meteor-M No.2-1 weather satellite, because it was not in its planned orbit.

Neither Roscosmos nor Glavkosmos, the company that arranged the launch of 18 secondary payloads on this mission, have provided further updates. However, Canadian satellite operator Telesat, which had a prototype satellite on the rocket, said later Nov. 28 that the launch had failed.

Telesat learned this morning that the Soyuz 2 launch vehicle that was to place 19 spacecraft into orbit, including Telesat's first Phase 1 LEO satellite, has failed, the company said in a brief statement.

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