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Medvedev demands list of those responsible for rocket crash
by Staff Writers
Moscow Voice of Russia) Jul 08, 2013


View a video pf the crash here.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has provided a detailed report on Tuesday's Proton rocket crash to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, said Medvedev's spokesperson Natalya Timakova.

The prime minister instructed Rogozin to set up a government commission to probe the crash and demanded to be given a list of people responsible for the rocket crash, including those from the top management of the federal space agency Roscosmos, she said.

Timakova also said that Rogozin has been instructed "to draw up a plan to tighten control in the space sector to prevent such events."

Kazakh PM orders to form govt commission to assess environmental impact from Proton crash
Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov has ordered a governmental commission to be set up that will assess the environmental impact of the crash of a Proton-M rocket carrier.

"I order a governmental commission headed by the environmental protection minister to be created in order to study the impact of the emergency situation at the [Baikonur] cosmodrome on the environmental situation and Kazakh territory adjacent to the cosmodrome," Akhmetov said at a governmental meeting in Astana on Tuesday.

"A commission to investigate the environmental impact of the rocket explosion has been formed. I am heading it," Kazakh Environmental Protection Minister Nurlan Kapparov told journalists.

The environmental service of Kazakhstan's Kyzyl-orda region will soon arrive on the crash scene and will start monition environmental impact, he said.

The Proton-M rocket that carried around 600 tonnes of poisonous substances, including heptyl, amyl and kerosene, crashed on Tuesday morning seconds after the launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Tuesday morning.

First stage engine failure could be behind Proton crash - Kazakh emergencies minister

Kazakh Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Bozhko has tentatively blamed a malfunction of the first stage engine for Tuesday's crash of a Russian Proton-M launch vehicle over the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

"The preliminary information available suggests that the accident was caused by a malfunctioning engine of the first stage. The fuel caught fire. Some of the fuel fell to the ground and continued burning there. The rocket was carrying a total of 172 tonnes of heptyl plus the oxidizer," Bozhko said at a government session in Astana on Tuesday.

Russian specialists have already set up three chemical protection stations on the premises of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, he said.

"There is a need to increase environmental monitoring around the cosmodrome and track down any possible traces of the recent explosion," Bozhko said.

Proton-M crash possibly caused by engine failure - source

A Baikonur Cosmodrome source has tentatively blamed an engine malfunction for Tuesday's crash of a Proton-M launch vehicle carrying three navigation satellites.

"The first analysis of telemetry data and video footage capturing the first few seconds of the Proton-M launch vehicle's flight allows us to presume that one of the control engines malfunctioned. Meanwhile, the propulsion engines of the rocket's first stage continued to operate until it fell down. Apparently, the systems detected a malfunction but did not switch off the propulsion engines in order to move the rocket farther from the launch site," the source said.

Launch pad, its personnel not harmed in Proton crash at Baijonur - Kazakh space agency
The crash of a Proton-M rocket carrier at the Baikonur cosmodrome has not caused any death or damage, said the press service of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos).

"The launch pad and its personnel were not harmed. According to preliminary data, there are no victims or damage at the site on the rocket crash site," the press service said.

Proton rocket carried over 600 tonnes of toxic heptyl and amyl - Kazakh Space Agency
The crashed Proton-M rocket carried 600 tonnes of poisonous substances including heptyl, amyl and kerosene, Kazakh Space Agency chief Talgat Musabayev said.

"I have calculated that the rocket carried around 600 tonnes of heptyl, amyl and kerosene before the explosion," Musabayev said at a governemtnal meeting in Astana on Tuesday.

A toxic cloud generated by heptyl rocket fuel components has appeared over the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan following the crash of a Proton-M launch vehicle, Kazakh Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Bozhko said.

"A smoke cloud has already appeared due to the burning of heptyl. It [the cloud] can now be seen right over the cosmodrome. According to the weather service of the Ecology Ministry, northern winds are currently blowing at a speed of 2.6 meters per second. That is why the cloud could spread beyond the premises of the cosmodrome," he said at a government session in Astana on Tuesday.

The cloud will not reach town of Baikonur, it was reported.

Almost all toxic heptyl burned out during Ptoton Rocket explosion, said Kazcosmos cheif. Rain alleviates environmental consequences of accident, he said.

Unmanned Russian rocket crashes after launch in Kazakhstan
A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket exploded Tuesday on takeoff at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the space agency said, the latest setback to hit the country's space programme.

"A rocket carrier fell to the ground and exploded on the territory of the cosmodrome," the Russian space agency said in a statement.

State-run Rossiya-24 television showed footage of the Proton-M booster rockets veering off course seconds after lift-off, rotating and falling apart in the air and crashing in a ball of fire near the launch pad.

Specialists were urgently evacuated from Launch Pads No. 254 and No. 2 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan following the crash of a Proton-M launch vehicle on Tuesday, a cosmodrome source said.

"A toxic cloud generated by rocket fuel components has appeared over the crash site. It is moving to the east. This circumstance prompted a personnel evacuation from the launch pads located along the movement route of the cloud," he said.

Source: Voice of Russia

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