|Launch vehicle||Kosmos 3M|
|Launch site||Plesetsk, Russia|
|Date/Time||2005-10-27 0625 UTC|
|Description||Satellite separation failure|
|Desired orbit||circular, 680 km Sun-synchronous|
The experimental Mozhayets-5 satellite failed to separate from the Kosmos-3M rocket after launch and is most likely lost.
"According to the latest telemetric data, the Mozhayets has not detached from the third stage of the Kosmos-3M carrier rocket and is currently rotating with it on a near-earth orbit," a Plesetsk cosmodrome official said, according to Itar-Tass.
The satellite's operator, the Mozhayskiy Military Space Academy, had earlier confirmed that all attempts to establish contact with Mozhayets-5 had been unsuccessful.
Mozhayets-5 was designed by students of the academy to test laser-optic communications. Two similar satellites, Mozhayets-3 and Mozhayets-4, are already in orbit.
Seven other small satellites were launched together with Mozhayets-5. "All of them have been successfully placed in the prescribed orbits and their control transferred to the customers," the Plesetsk official was quoted as saying.