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Published: Dec 9, 2012
Russian rocket launch fails [VIDEO]
by Mitch Marconi

Russian rocket launch fails [VIDEO], The Breeze-M upper stage of Russia’s Proton heavy-lift rocket on Dec. 9 failed for the third time in 16 months, placing Gazprom Space Systems satellite into a too-low orbit.

Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (Khrunichev) and U.S.-based International Launch Services (ILS) have begun the process of determining why their Proton rocket failed to place the Yamal 402 communications satellite into a proper orbit.

The failed launch is all but certain to raise fresh issues over whether Proton Breeze-M manufacturing team has workmanship quality issues that were not addressed by the inquiries into the failures of August 2011 and August 2012.

The Yamal 402 spacecraft is designed to provide communications services to Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States countries, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


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