Ecuador satellite hits Soviet junk

AFP-JIJI

A tiny Ecuadorean satellite that collided in space with the remains of a Soviet rocket was damaged and is not transmitting, Quito’s space agency said Thursday.

The Pegaso nanosatellite hit debris from an S14 rocket launched by the Soviets into space in 1985. Despite the collision, the satellite seemed to be holding its course. Ecuadoran engineers will not know whether they can get Pegaso to work again until Monday.

Pegaso — the first satellite designed and built in Ecuador — set off aboard an unmanned rocket April 25 from northern China. Ecuador plans to send a second satellite up from Russia in July.