The failed satellite had the wrong coordinates

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The loss of a multi-million pound weather-mapping satellite was due to programming errors, the Russian deputy prime minister said.

Dmitry Rogozin said the Meteor-M was scheduled to take off from a different space station.

Speaking at the TV of the Russian state, has blamed “human error”.

“The rocket was programmed as if it were taking off from Baikonur,” he told the Rossyia 24 TV channel.

In fact, the rocket was actually taking off from new base of Vostochny, in the east of the country.

It contained eighteen smaller satellites belonging to research and commercial companies from Russia, Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, Germany and Japan.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos said last month that it had lost contact with the satellite weather, which had a value of 2.6 billion rubles ($58, £43m).

Russia has launched its first satellite from Vostochny in the month of April last year, after the delays and enormous expense overruns. The launch also proved embarrassing when a technical problem forced him to delay a day, in the presence of president Vladimir Putin.