Investigations into Proton Failure Gets Underway

Another fine day for Russia's space program. A Proton crashes with three GLONASS satellites.
Another fine day for Russia’s space program. A Proton crashes with three GLONASS satellites.

From Roscosmos:

An emergency commission led by Deputy Head of Roscosmos A.P.Lopatina has been created and begun its work.

From International Launch Services:

Following the commission’s findings, International Launch Services (ILS) will conduct its own Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB).  The FROB will review the commission’s findings and corrective action plan, in accordance with U.S. and Russian government export control regulations. The FROB will include representatives from ILS customers, insurance underwriters and technical experts from the industry. Further detail will be provided by ILS when it becomes available.

From Koskosmos:

Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov has ordered the creation of a government commission to study the impact of the consequences of the collapse of the carrier rocket “Proton-M” on the ecological situation in the region adjacent to the territory of the Baikonur cosmodrome. This commission is headed by the Minister of Environmental Protection N. Kapparov. The deputy chairman of the committee is Kazkosmos head T. Musabaev….

In turn, the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan is taking all the necessary measures. Thus, immediately after the accident occurred, Kazkosmos chairman T. Musabaev instructed the management of RSE “SEC” Gharysh-Ecology ” to immediately advance to the Baikonur cosmodrome, and to use a stationary laboratory to analyze air and soil for the presence of components of rocket fuel (heptyl and amyl) in an area adjacent to the territory of the cosmodrome, namely in the following communities: city of Baikonur and the towns of Tyuretam and Akai. According to preliminary data, these substances were not detected in samples taken at 12.00 hours of the day.

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