, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 104-109
Date: 07 Feb 2009

Possible relation of emergencies during spacecraft launches from the Plesetsk site to high-latitude geomagnetic disturbances

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The relation of the series of carrier rocket emergency launches to geomagnetic activity and season is statistically analyzed. The data on the successful and emergency launches of more than ten types of different carrier rockets from the Plesetsk site for about 40 years (from 1966 to 2005) have been processed. It has been indicated that the relative number of emergencies during launches in summer is more than twice as high as in other seasons. An additional summer factor is statistically related to high-latitude geomagnetic activity. The effect remains unclear.

Original Russian Text © N.V. Romanova, V.A. Chizhenkov, V.A. Pilipenko, 2009, published in Geomagnetizm i Aeronomiya, 2009, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 111–116.