Interplanetary Spacecraft Failure Study: Analyzing Trends and Patterns




Interplanetary Spacecraft, Interplanetary Spacecraft Failures, Flybys, Orbiters, Landers, Rovers, Mars Climate Orbiter, Mangalyaan


Interplanetary unmanned missions have yielded crucial insights about the solar system through landers and flybys. However, some missions have encountered catastrophic outcomes due to minor technical errors and faults. This paper analyzes these failures in order to compile a comprehensive list of mission failures, covering attempted maneuvers towards comets and planets throughout interplanetary exploration history. The paper provides a concise overview of instances where anomalies occurred and offers explanations for these failures. While certain original failure reports remain undisclosed by space organizations, this research relies on information from official websites and publications. By analyzing the available data, the report aims to enhance understanding of the causes and consequences of these failures, thereby contributing to a safer and more informed approach to interplanetary exploration.


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Author Biography

Kritik, UG Research Scholar, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh – 201312

Kritik, a passionate individual with a deep interest in astrophysics and particle physics. Hailing from Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Kritik has displayed a remarkable commitment to his field of study. His recent achievement includes the successful completion of an internship at Acceleron Aerospace, where he conducted groundbreaking research on “Interplanetary Spacecraft Failure Study: Analyzing Trends and Patterns.” Kritik’s dedication, analytical skills, and attention to detail were evident in his research article. His work promises to contribute significantly to the field of space exploration and serves as a testament to his intellectual curiosity and potential for future breakthroughs.




How to Cite

Kritik. (2023). Interplanetary Spacecraft Failure Study: Analyzing Trends and Patterns. Acceleron Aerospace Journal, 1(1), 5–11.