A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three Glonass navigation satellites explodes and crashes instantly into a fireball just after its launch this Tuesday morning in Kazakhstan. No casualties were reported. But a poisonous smoke spreads over the crashed site due to the burning of toxic rocket fuel.
An unmanned Russian rocket crashed within seconds after its launch this Tuesday morning. Proton-M rocket launched from Russia's Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 10:38 p.m. EDT today i.e. July 2. Russian Proton-M rocket breaks and explodes into a large fireball while carrying three Glonass navigation satellites at that time.
According to RIA, a spokesperson of Roscosmos, Russia’s Federal Space Agency, said, "There was an accident during the Proton-M launch. The rocket fell and exploded on the territory of the launch site.”
But this accident actually contaminates the area over which it crashed. It spreads poisonous smoke caused by the burning of 600 tons of toxic rocket fuel carrying heptyl, amyl and kerosene in it. All the people at site were sent away through emergency evacuation. No injuries and casualties were reported.
The reason of this accident is also not clear yet. But the Emergency Ministry of Kazakhstan blames that an instant engine failure of the rocket at its first-stage caused this accident. However, the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a government commission to inquire about the reason of the crash and the persons responsible for it.
Proton-M rocket failed twice to launch in last 3 years. It is a big setback for Russia's space program and its Glonass navigation satellite system. The whole rocket flight is of 17 seconds.
Following is the video that shows how the rocket blast-off within seconds after its launch at 8:38 a.m. local time.