2nd Launch Disaster in 3 Weeks Strikes Russia, Destroying Proton Rocket and Mexican Comsat

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For a second time in reduction than 3 weeks, a vital disaster struck a Russian space module when a launch of a Proton-M rocket finished in inauspicious disaster about 8 mins after today’s (May 16) liftoff from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, ensuing in a finish drop of a Mexican communications satellite payload.

Russian Proton rocket in moody after blast off during 11:47 a.m. internal time (1:47 a.m. EDT) from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It finished in disaster about 8 mins after with drop of a rocket and Mexican satellite load streamer to orbit. Credit: Roscosmos

Russian Proton rocket in moody after blast off during 11:47 a.m. internal time (1:47 a.m. EDT) from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It finished in disaster about 8 mins after with drop of a rocket and Mexican satellite load streamer to orbit. Credit: Roscosmos

The Proton-M rocket primarily carried off successfully during 11:47 a.m. internal time (1:47 a.m. EDT, 547 GMT) from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, though shortly gifted an “emergency conditions during 497 seconds into a flight,” according to a brief central matter expelled by Roscosmos, a Russian Federal Space Agency today, after a mishap.

The launch disaster was caused by a disaster in a rockets Breeze-M third stage, says Roscosmos. It took place during a live promote from a agency’s website. A video shows a rocket disintegrating into pale skies shortly after liftoff.

The disaster comes only one week after a spinning, out-of-control Russian Progress 59 load freighter firm for a ISS met a undesired early passing when it fell rash from circuit final Friday, May 8, following a botched Apr 28 launch on a Russian Soyuz-2.1A conduit rocket, also from Baikonur.

The Proton-M conduit rocket was lofting a Mexsat 1 communications satellite, also famous as Centenario, underneath a agreement with a Mexican government.

Russian Proton rocket blasts off during 11:47 a.m. internal time (1:47 a.m. EDT) from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan though finished in disaster about 8 mins after with drop of a rocket and Mexican comsat satellite load streamer to orbit. Credit: Roscosmos

Russian Proton rocket blasts off during 11:47 a.m. internal time (1:47 a.m. EDT) from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan though finished in disaster about 8 mins after with drop of a rocket and Mexican comsat satellite load streamer to orbit. Credit: Roscosmos

“The disaster happened on a 497th second of a flight, during an altitude of 161 kilometers [100 miles]. The third stage, a upholder car and a upholder roughly totally burnt adult in a atmosphere. As of now there are no reports of waste reaching a ground,” a group pronounced in a statement.

The Breeze-M third theatre was to loft Mexsat 1 to a finish in geostationary circuit over 22,000 miles above Earth during 113 degrees west longitude.

The 58.2 m (191 ft) high Proton rocket is built and operated by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and marketed by International Launch Services (ILS).

After reaching an altitude of about 161 km (100 mi) a rocket and Mexsat 1 load fell behind to Earth and burnt adult over a Chita segment of Russia, that is located south west of a Siberian Baikal region, pronounced a Russian News group TASS.

Prelaunch perspective of Russian Proton rocket staid during launch pad during a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: Roscosmos

Prelaunch perspective of Russian Proton rocket staid during launch pad during a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: Roscosmos

“The rocket and a payload, a Mexican communication satellite, burnt adult in a atmosphere,” according to a news by Sputnik International, a Russian News agency.

At this time, internal residents have not reported or claimed anything per probable waste and there is no information about casualties or destruction, TASS noted.

Mi8 helicopters from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry have been dispatched to a area to demeanour for any debris.

The 5.4 ton Mexsat 1 communication satellite was built by Boeing Satellite Systems International for a Mexican government’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation, a Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT).

The Breeze-M disaster occurred about 1 notation before to subdivision of a third theatre from Mexsat 1.

“The puncture conditions happened during 08:56 Moscow time, one notation to a scheduled subdivision of a Breeze-M upholder and a Mexican MexSat-1 space apparatus,” TASS reported.

A malfunction with a third theatre steering engine might be a means of a cursed flight.

“A rough reason of a collision with Proton is a disaster of a steering engines of a third stage,” sources told TASS.

“The research of a telemetry allows for assuming that there was a disaster in one of a third stage’s steering engines. This is now deliberate as one of a categorical reasons.”

Exactly one year ago, another Proton rocket crashed during a identical prove when a third theatre engines unsuccessful during a Proton launch of Russia’s modernized Express-AM4R satellite.

“Khrunichev and International Launch Services (ILS) bewail to announce an curiosity during today’s Proton mission,” ILS pronounced in a matter released after a launch failure.

ILS pronounced an collision review house has been allocated to establish a means of a disaster and suggest visual actions.

“A Russian State Commission has begun a routine of last a reasons for a anomaly. ILS will recover sum when information becomes available,” pronounced ILS.

They wish to lapse a workhorse Proton to moody as shortly as possible.

“ILS stays committed to providing reliable, timely launch services for all a customers. To this end, ILS will work diligently with a partner Khrunichev to lapse Proton to moody as shortly as possible.”

This was a eleventh disaster of a Proton-M rocket or Breeze-M top theatre in 116 launches given a initial liftoff in Apr 2001.

Mexsat 1 had a designed lifetime of 15 years. It was to yield mobile satellite services to support inhabitant security, polite and charitable efforts and will yield disaster relief, puncture services, telemedicine, farming education, and supervision group operations.

Media reports prove it was insured for about $390 million.

Source: Universe Today, created by Ken Kremer