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Space center source confirms failed rocket test launch in Russia's north

April 22, 2015, 18:26 UTC+3
The rocket strayed off trajectory and fell down in an unpopulated area in the Arkhangelsk Region
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Plesetsk space center

Plesetsk space center

© ITAR-TASS/Andrey Morgunov

PLESETSK SPACE CENTER (Arkhangelsk Region), April 22. /TASS/. An experimental carrier rocket fell down today minutes after a planned test launch, a source at the Plesetsk space center in the Arkhangelsk Region, northern Russia, told TASS on Thursday.

"The rocket designed by a defense company successfully kicked off the launch pad but some minutes later strayed off trajectory and fell down in an unpopulated area in the Arkhangelsk Region," the source said.

Local authorities and the Emergencies Ministry said the 9.6-ton rocket carried no dangerous components and posed no threat to environment and local residents. The failed launch caused no explosion or fire.

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