Putin's Proton Blows

Simpsons-nelson-ha-ha-93-p-672x480.jpgI hate to rub in Russia's failure since they won't sell us rocket motors, wait a minute, no I don't.

CNN: A Russian space rocket launch went sour Friday, destroying the booster and its payload, Russian state media said.

Nine minutes after the Proton-M rocket lifted off in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Friday, officials on the ground lost contact with the it, ITAR-Tass reported, citing an official from Russia's Federal Space Agency.

Friday's mishap marks the second time a Proton rocket has destructed after liftoff within a year and is one in a series of failures.
In July, an unmanned Proton rocket exploded after liftoff over Kazakhstan.

The rocket had veered off path, causing an emergency system to cut off propulsion.

The rocket, which was carrying a communications satellite into orbit, was about 100 miles high into its ascent at the time and burned up in the atmosphere, the agency reported.

But the agency also said that part of the rocket could be in a "non-intended orbit" and small pieces could fall down to Earth.

Russian Satellite Blues!

Posted by: Howie at 09:55 AM


1 The story says the rocket failed 9 at nines minutes so I think that video just shows the first to second stage separation. Not the "problem".

Posted by: Howie at May 16, 2014 09:59 AM

2 Energomash - maker of fine Russian spacecraft (including the ones they graciously let us use). See their state of the art manufacturing facility here: http://lana-sator.livejournal.com/160176.html

Posted by: Jimmy don\'t play that at May 16, 2014 10:24 AM

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