Skip to comments.Russia's Proton Rocket Explodes on Launch (YouTube video 1m15s)
Posted on 07/02/2013 4:18:12 PM PDT by LibWhacker
the dickens you say
You misspelled the third word...
Okay, okay..., just kidding.
Nice. Splendid shockwave. Sucks to be in the satellite-insurance business, but fun to watch nonetheless.
Whoaaa—Proton? ‘Sounds serious
interesting cloud from the exploding rocket - the joker?
Figure we hacked into the command system?
It blowed up good.
He had help from Proton Energy Pills.
NSA is everywhere man!
(My home wireless network shall soon be renamed “NSA surveillance van #4”
The failure was of the self destruct device. It should have been destructed as soon as it was apparent that it was not on true course. It could just have easily veered toward the viewers and burned them alive
Lol, had to go back and look at it.
Wonder who is the guy crying in the background? The chief engineer contemplating his family’s upcoming move to Siberia?
I’ll follow 1rudeboy’s lead and assume the crying guy was the insurer.
Someone with a mind for physics and mathematics can calculate how far away these spectators were . . . given that the Russians launch from BF nowhere, it’s not too likely anyone was at risk.
I kinda think it was better they waited, or it would have destroyed the launch pad.
Looks like someone forgot to push the “Self-Destruct-In-Case-Of-Trouble” button... Or, perhaps it was pushed and didn’t work. There is some suspicious small explosion in the nose a few seconds before it hit the ground...
Proton-M Mission Overview:Source: NASASpaceFlight.com
Tuesdays launch was the second of the year in support of Russias GLONASS program. It was also the second launch of navigation satellites in twenty-four hours, following Indias PSLV launch Monday evening with the IRNSS-1A satellite.
GLONASS is a series of Russian navigation satellites analogous to the American Global Positioning System. It is designed to provide global coverage, which requires 24 operational satellites. Todays launch will carry three satellites to plane 2 of the constellation.
The current-generation satellites in the GLONASS constellation are Uragan-M spacecraft built by NPO PM. Designed for a lifespan of up to seven years; each satellite has a mass of 1,415 kilograms (3,120 lb). The spacecraft broadcast in the L band, providing signals with an accuracy of 100 meters for civilian users, and up to ten meters for military applications.
About 1.5 miles. Sound was about 8 seconds later than eyeballs.