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Rocket “Proton-M” again crashed during startup
On Friday night May 16 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch vehicle “Proton-M” with the most powerful Russian communications satellite “Express-AM4R.” However, at 540 seconds of flight there was an extraordinary situation that led to the collapse of the system, according to RIA Novosti.
The incident occurred in the third stage of “Proton-M” for forty seconds before the separation of the upper stage “Breeze-M”. At the moment, the exact region of the falling debris is unknown, however, according to preliminary data, “Proton” fell outside of Kazakhstan or in the Pacific. Information on possible casualties have been reported yet.
Toxic component of rocket fuel heptyl likely burned up in the upper atmosphere, the source said.
Soon there will be established a commission to investigate the causes of the accident. So far, all launch vehicle “Proton-M” will be suspended.
Incidentally, the second last July rocket “Proton-M”, which eliminates the orbit GLONASS satellites also crashed at the start .
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