"According to preliminary information, it was not a failure of
the Space Forces, but the malfunction of the apparatus, which
failed in bringing the satellite to orbit."
Source: Russian Federal Space Agency spokesman
Vyacheslav Davidenko, explaining the cause of the failure of
Saturday's launch of a European Space Agency satellite aboard
a converted Russian ballistic missile. The booster stage of
the rocket failed to send the CryoSat satellite into its orbit,
causing it to fall into the ocean.