A small amount of the Russian missile stage and satellite may come down to Earth next week after ‘a malfunction’ occurred in low Earth orbit. 

Plesetsk Spaceport was used to launch the Angara 5 heavy carrier rocket. It carried a dummy cargo payload.

Although it was intended to orbit around 22,000 miles above Earth, a malfunction in the firing of its upper stage caused the rocket to be placed in a low Earth orbit.  

Experts believe that the majority of the payload, which weighs 20 tonnes, will be ejected into the atmosphere by Thursday morning. This is plus or minus 14 hour, and small fragments may still reach the Earth.

According to the experts, the best scenario for the rocket is to reach the Pacific Ocean. But it’s impossible to say where exactly it will go. 

Small fragments of a Russian military satellite and rocket stage could come crashing down to Earth this week, after the craft 'suffered a malfunction' in low Earth orbit

A small amount of the Russian missile stage and satellite may come down to Earth in pieces this week after a malfunction occurred at low Earth orbit.

The new-generation Angara A-5 heavy carrier rocket was launched on December 27 from Plesetsk spaceport carrying a dummy payload

On December 27, the Angara A-5 heavy-carrier rocket carrying a dummy payload was launched from Plesetsk’s spaceport. 

The modern Angara A-5 rocket is crucial to Russia's ambition to send up advanced spy and weapons navigation satellites into orbit

Russia is determined to use the Angara A-5 rocket to carry advanced spy, weapons, and navigation satellites into space.

Russia is determined to launch advanced weapons and spy satellites in orbit with the Angara A-5 rocket. This modern Angara A-5 rocket will be crucial.

Russia will use the heavy-lift launch vehicle to help it achieve its ambitions of sending robots, and ultimately people, to the Moon. This is in collaboration with China.

Angara’s booster and Persei’s rocket carried a fake satellite payload during this pioneering test flight. It was meant for an orbit in the graveyard.

The launch was flawless, but the Persei’s upper stage failed 12 minutes after it separated.

It didn’t launch its boosters, which would have taken it and the payload beyond low Earth orbit. This caused it to sit at about 150 miles above Earth.

This orbit indicates that it will quickly decay and fall back to the Earth in the span of days and even weeks. It is anticipated to reach the atmosphere by Thursday. 

While many rocket and satellite stages return to the atmosphere on a regular basis, it does so in a controlled way. This agency is able to predict exactly when and from where. However, the Persei’s upper stage doesn’t have this advantage.

It’s on the so-called uncontrolled entry, in which it is impossible to forecast where pieces that do not burn will land. 

According to The Kosmolenta, five engines were required by the Persei during their test mission. But the Persei failed the second one. 

Dmitry Rogozin of the Space Agency, an ally of Putin, tweeted initially his “congratulations” on the launch success.

The Angara and the Persei booster (pictured) carried a mock satellite payload on this pioneering test flight

On this groundbreaking test flight, the Persei booster and Angara carried a fake satellite payload.

The Angara and the Persei booster carried a mock satellite payload on this pioneering test flight

This pioneering test flight saw the Persei booster as well as Angara carrying a payload from a satellite on its Persei booster.

However, he said it was important to await the Persei rocket’s performance. It had been developed by Energia Rocket and Space Corporation and first launched on the Angara-carrier rocket.

Moskovsky Komsomolets [MK]Reports that the American Space Tracking Service NORAD had reported an unidentified object “A”, numbered 50505.

“By all indicators – this object looks very similar to our Persei stuck at low orbit with the payload (satellite)

“If this is the case, about 20 tonnes of uncontrollable cargo are currently flying above us. This will eventually cause our fall. It would be great if the Pacific Ocean is where it is.

Experts now suggest that while the launch worked 'flawlessly', there was a failure with the Persei upper stage' (pictured)

Experts suggest the launch went ‘flawlessly’ but that there was an issue with the Persei higher stage (pictured).

Independent experts say the mock spy satellite and booster rocket weighing 20 tonnes could come hurtling back to ground within weeks

Independent experts claim that the fake spy satellite and booster rocket, weighing in at 20 tonnes, could return to Earth within weeks.

The 20-ton rocket will likely burn most of its weight as it enters the atmosphere. A few pieces may still land on Earth. 

Joseph Remis (an astronomer) tracks the trajectory of the rocket’s orbit and predicts its descent at 08:02 GMT January 6, 2022. Remis says there is still a 14-hour error in Remis’ prediction on SatFlare. 

MK said that the space agency had declined to release information regarding the launch.

‘The launch was ordered by the military… so the state corporation does not give any comments on it,’ said a spokesman. 


Moscow-based Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center has been developing the Angara rocket family. 

These payloads will be placed in low-Earth orbit with payloads weighing between 8400lb to 54,000lb. They will also replace several Russian rocket vehicles. 

Angara also developed the second Angara heavy lift rocket vehicle A5, which is capable of carrying 24.5 tonnes into low-Earth orbit. 

Angara A5’s first test flight, which was conducted on December 23, 2014 and a second one on December 27, 20,21. Both from Plesetsk.

The second test resulted in the failure of the Persei’s upper stage and the payload didn’t make it to low Earth orbit.