Trump vows to 'totally destroy North Korea' if threatenedWorld September 19, 17:50
Russian top brass calls on US to not hamper Damascus’ fight against terrorismMilitary & Defense September 19, 17:49
Zapad-2017 exercise puts Russian army’s "nervous system" to testMilitary & Defense September 19, 17:33
Ukrainian conflict led to spike in hate speech, Russophobia — Council of EuropeWorld September 19, 17:00
Russian regions contribute scores of natural stones for memorial to Gulag victimsSociety & Culture September 19, 16:45
Warsaw police hunting vandals who desecrated Soviet military cemeteryWorld September 19, 16:39
Donbass truce first step towards lifting anti-Russian sanctions — German top diplomatWorld September 19, 16:36
Moscow court arrests man suspected of stabbing hiker to deathSociety & Culture September 19, 16:34
Zapad-2017: Large-scale Russia-Belarus military exercisesMilitary & Defense September 19, 16:31
Manufacturers Voronezh Mechanical Plant are setting up an investigative commission to probe why the rocket's third stage engine malfunctioned, the facility’s press secretary, Nina Smirnova, told Itar-Tass on Friday.
The commission would examine every element of the engine's production process, she said, as the design bureau responsible for it launched its own inquiry.
Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin believes the only way to prevent accidents in space is decisive and consistent fulfillment of already taken decisions to reform the rocket and space industry. He wrote it on his Facebook page.
Engines as used on the fated rocket were first designed in the 1960s and have since been manufactured in large quantities, a plant official said.The rocket, intended to take a communications satellite into orbit, began its flight from Baikonur at 01.42 Moscow time on Friday, burning up in dense layers of the atmosphere above the Pacific.
Early reports said the engine failed 545 seconds into the flight when Proton was at a height of 161 kilometres.
State commission experts are conducting their own probe. Russia's space agency plans two more Proton launches this year.