MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia was analyzing its space sector after two failed satellite launches in as many months.
A spokeswoman for Russia's space corporation Energiya confirmed on Thursday that Moscow had lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite, AngoSat-1, which was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Tuesday.
That followed an incident last month when Russia lost contact with a newly-launched weather satellite - the Meteor-M - after it blasted off from the new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East.
"The situation is being analyzed," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters, when asked if structural changes in Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, might be needed.
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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, in charge of the space industry, said on Wednesday that November's failed launch of the 2.6 billion-rouble ($44.95 million) weather satellite was due to an embarrassing programming error.
(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk and Gleb Stolyarov; Editing by Andrew Bolton)