May 16, 2014
Putin's Proton Blows
I 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.Russian Satellite Blues!
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.