Russian rocket crashes shortly after launch

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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