Soyuz rocket carrying 19 satellites, including 10 for Spire Global, fails after upper-stage malfunction

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE:This story was updated on Nov. 28 and 29 to reflect information about the insurance on the launch, and to add an assessment from an industry official on the failure's impact on upcoming missions.

PARIS — A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a Russian meteorological satelilte and 18 smaller satellites, including 10 for Spire Global and a technology demonstrator satellite for Telesat that would reserve radio frequencies failed to reach orbit on Nov. 28 in what initial reports said was an erroneous command loaded on the rocket’s upper stage.

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