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The crash of the Proton-M rocket took place in dense layers of the atmosphere above the territory of China
The crash of the Proton-M carrier rocket with the Express-AM4R spacecraft occurred high in the dense layers of the atmosphere over the territory of China, the debris did not reach the Earth, no damage was done to third parties, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the head of Roscosmos Oleg Ostapenko.
“The information is confirmed that the launch vehicle, the upper stage and the satellite completely burned out in the dense layers of the atmosphere. It happened over the territory of China. Taking into account the height of the orbit of the incident, we can confidently say that nothing flew to the Earth, ”said Ostapenko.
The Proton-M launch vehicle launched on the night of Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome could not put the most powerful Russian communications satellite Express-AM4R into orbit due to the supernumerary situation at the stage of operation of the third stage.
"According to preliminary data of the telemetric information analysis, the destruction of the third stage (carrier rocket) occurred at an altitude of 160 kilometers with a flight speed of 7 kilometers per second. All components, as well as fuel components, were completely burned in dense layers of the atmosphere, "the Roskosmos website said.
In recent years, there have been several unsuccessful launches of spacecraft in the Russian Federation, due to which a number of satellites and interplanetary station were lost. On August 7, 2012 of the year due to the failure of the Breeze-M unit, the launch of the Proton-M launch vehicle with Express-MDXNNXX and Telkom-2 communication satellites ended abnormally after about a year, July 3, 2 , “Proton-M” with three Russian navigation spacecraft “Glonass-M” fell at the Baikonur cosmodrome in the first minute of launch. The cause of the accident was the incorrect installation of angular velocity sensors on the rocket.
Against the background of these failures, the head of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev, instructed to insure space launches. Proton-M with the most powerful Russian communications satellite Express-AM4P was insured with Ingosstrakh in the amount of 7,8 billion rubles.