Three Russian Gps Satellites Fail To Achieve Orbit

12.06.10 | FL News Team

(Moscow)  --  An attempt by Russia to complete a global positioning satellite system has failed.  Three satellites launched from Kazakhstan failed to achieve orbit and crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.  The trio of satellites was to put the finishing touches on what the Russians call their Global Navigation System.

There's no official word on what caused the rocket carrying the three satellites to veer off course about ten minutes after launch.  Russia already has 26 such satellites in orbit, but only 20 of them currently work.