BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (NBC/RTV) — An unmanned Russian rocket carrying an advanced telecommunications satellite crashed shortly after launch.
Russian space agency Roskosmos said an “emergency situation” prevented the Proton-M booster rocket from going into orbit after its launch from Kazakhstan.
No casualties or other damages were reported.
The cost of the satellite’s loss wasn’t immediately clear.
Russian media said the satellite being carried into orbit was the most advanced telecommunications satellite used by Russia and was designed to provide affordable Internet access to people in remote parts of the country.
This was the first major accident involving a Proton-M rocket since three navigation satellites worth around $200 million were lost when the engines failed last July.