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Update on Proton-M Launch Failure Fall-out

Photo Credit: Roscosmos / Vesti.ru

In the days since the spectacular failure of a Proton-M rocket seconds after its July 1 launch, a few more details have surfaced to shed a little light on the event. So far, most sources are being reported as anonymous and no information has been made public by the official investigation.

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Repercussions of Proton-M’s Fiery Launch Failure

Photo Credit: Tsenki TV

At 8:38 a.m. local time on July 2, a three-stage Proton-M with Block DM-03 upper stage took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome’s launch pad 24 at launch complex 81 carrying three GLONASS-M navigation satellites. Less than a minute later, the rocket and its cargo was back on the ground in a […]

Proton Rocket With GLONASS Explodes in Massive Fireball

Video courtesy of Roscosmos

A Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Proton rocket carrying three GLONASS navigation satellites went out of control, resulting in a huge explosion. Shortly after liftoff on Monday, June 1, the Proton can be seen swaying wildly side to side, before arcing back toward Earth and […]

Premier Vol Habité: The Story of France’s First Man in Space (Part 2)

Its descent slowed by a main parachute and its touchdown cushioned by the ignition of solid-fueled rockets, the Soyuz T-6 spacecraft lands safely on 2 July 1982, bringing France’s first spacefarer back to Earth. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de/Joachim Becker

More than thirty years have passed since France became the first Western European nation to send […]

Premier Vol Habité: The Story of France’s First Man in Space (Part 1)

France’s first man in space, Jean-Loup Chretien, releases a flare during Black Sea training for his June 1982 mission. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de/Joachim Becker

More than thirty years have passed since France became the first Western European nation to send a man in space. For almost two decades, the “high ground” of […]

Soyuz Rocket Launches Four Satellites From French Guiana

Photo Credit: ESA / Corvaja

Tuesday, June 25 saw the launch of the first four satellites in a novel telecommunications network aimed at improving high-speed Internet access and mobile phone connectivity to vast numbers of people in developing parts of the world. The quartet of spacecraft, owned by the O3b company headquartered on the UK […]

'On the Edge': The Legacy of Valentina Tereshkova

By the summer of 1963, the Soviets had launched the world’s first man in space (Yuri Gagarin) and its first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova). For an image-conscious Soviet leadership, these achievements were exploited for the political advantages which they afforded. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

It is a quirk of historical coincidence that both the Soviet […]

NASA Video: Soyuz Travels to International Space Station

Video courtesy of NASA

This video shows the approach of the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft to the waiting International Space Station. On board Soyuz was the flight’s commander, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, along with flight engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano. The trio launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan less than six […]

Soyuz TMA-09M Crew Ready For Work After Record-Time Space Station Docking

The two halves of the Expedition 36 crew, with the Soyuz TMA-08M team at left and yesterday’s Soyuz TMA-09M voyagers at right. Seated are Pavel Vinogradov (left) and Fyodor Yurchikhin, with (left to right) Aleksandr Misurkin, Chris Cassidy, Luca Parmitano, and Karen Nyberg standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new residents for the International Space […]

'No Experience Necessary': The Story of Project Juno (Part 2)

Helen Sharman’s Sokol launch and entry suit, today housed at the National Space Centre in Leicester, United Kingdom. Photo Credit: Alan Saunders

Aside from issues of politics and finance—discussed in yesterday’s article—the choice of Helen Sharman as the first Briton in space came on 19 February 1991, when Air Vice Marshal Peter Howard—former commandant […]