Just hours after launching a satellite into space, Russia has lost contact. Soyuz-2 spacecraft was carrying Meteor-M satellite and 18 additional small satellites.

Russia’s Roscosmos said they’ve lost contact with the Meteor-M satellite without even reaching its designated orbit. It said their experts were analyzing the situation.

The satellite was an important part of the Russian space agency’s plans. They launched the Meteor M2-1 weather satellite hoping to complete a five-year mission. Thus, monitoring weather and the climate on behalf of the country’s meteorological agency.

Roscosmos launched the rocket from Vostochny at 0841 Moscow time (0341 a.m. GMT). It said it would take more than five hours to place them in their designated orbits.

On the other hand, the small satellites belong to scientific, research and commercial companies from Russia, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Japan, Canada, and Germany.

Russia built the new Vostochny spaceport in order to take launches away from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. But it has only experienced delays and problems and has only managed two launches so far.

Thumbnail image: The Soyuz-2 spacecraft with Meteor-M satellite and 18 additional small satellites launches from Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome, November 28, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Reuters