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July 2, 2013

Dramatic lost of Proton-M rocket launching Russian navigation satellites

Dear followers,

today, the Proton-M rocket carrying three satellites for Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System, or Glonass, exploded after few second of its lift-off. Glonass is the Russian equivalent to the United States' Global Positioning System, or GPS. This fail is terrible for Russian space program, while the India agency performed yesterday a successful lift-off of their first navigation satellites.



Seconds later, the space rocket changed its course, and burnt into flames and dove nose-first into the ground.
In 2010, another Proton-M rocket carrying three satellites crashed in the Pacific Ocean.
Authorities have suspended further launches of the rockets as they investigate what caused the explosion.