The failure of a workhorse Proton rocket after launch on
Monday caused the multimillion-dollar loss of Indonesia’s
Telkom-3 and Russia’s Express-MD2 satellites, according to
Russia’s space agency.
Russian space agency Roskosmos said an engine failure in the
rocket’s upper stage, called the Briz-M, meant the craft went
into the wrong orbit. A similar problem caused the loss of a
$265 million communications satellite last year.
“I don’t know the reason for the loss of our satellites –
whether it is the upper stage, mechanical damage, elementary
negligence or everything together – but we cannot stand this any
longer,” Medvedev said at a televised government meeting.