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Russian rocket crashes in Kazakhstan

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Unmanned Russian rocket crashes in Kazakhstan

An unmanned Russian Proton-M rocket has crashed just seconds after its launch from the Russian Baikonur facility in Kazakhstan.

Dramatic video footage broadcast by Russian TV shows the rocket break up before exploding into a fireball over the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Russia's Interfax news agency reported that up to 500 tonnes of poisonous rocket fuel may have been released and infected the crash site.

There were no reported injuries.

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I just saw that on the news. They really need to get their s*** in order or they will continue to burn money in vain.

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At least cargo got ejected, hope with least damage.

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At least cargo got ejected, hope with least damage.

???

There is no launch escape system on a Proton-M (or any other unmanned rocket so far built) and therefore no way to "eject" the cargo.

What you saw was aerodynamic forces ripping the fairing and payload from the main rocket and destroying the payload in the process.

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???

There is no launch escape system on a Proton-M (or any other unmanned rocket so far built) and therefore no way to "eject" the cargo.

What you saw was aerodynamic forces ripping the fairing and payload from the main rocket and destroying the payload in the process.

Thank you for clarification, Waspie. Ripped off fairing looked to me as parachute deployment...

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Is this the same system that they use to deliver cosmonauts and our astronauts to the space station?

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Is this the same system that they use to deliver cosmonauts and our astronauts to the space station?

No.

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Early Launch Seen as Likely Cause of Proton-M Failure

MOSCOW, July 4 (RIA Novosti) - Early launch is seen among the most probable causes of the recent Proton-M rocket failure and the loss of three satellites, a Russian space industry source familiar with the investigation said on Thursday.

The source, who requested anonymity, said a special commission continues to investigate the failure and several versions are being considered.

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Special group to be set up for inspecting production of Proton-M carrier rockets

A special group of experts will be set up at the Khrunichev State Space Research Center for inspecting the entire technological chain of manufacturing the Proton-M carrier rocket, which collapsed on the ground within a minute after liftoff from the Baikonur Space Center a week ago, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Russian radio station Echo of Moscow.

He indicated, however, that the group will not include any specialists on the Khrunichev Center’s payroll.

Read more: http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_07_09/Special-group-to-be-set-up-for-inspecting-production-of-Proton-M-carrier-rockets-0948/

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