A NEW LOOK AT THE PROTON-M, GLONASS MISSION FAILURE.
In this newly released video (My apologies, I don’t know who it’s from as I can’t read Russian) you can see the rocket was distressed due to booster shut down almost instantly. It pitched wildly to the right, turned all the way around in fact, before breaking up and impacting the ground obviously destroying the rocket and its trio of Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) navigation satellites.
The failure was likely due to an engine or navigation system error prompting emergency shut down of the boosters. The fuel itself was highly toxic and folks in the nearby town of Baikonur almost 40 miles away were asked to stay indoors with windows and doors closed. No injury or major damage (besides the rocket and payload) have been reported. The GLONASS is the counterpart to the US GPS navigation system though it’s having an extremely tough go at getting established at another Proton-M rocket and 3 GLONASS satellites were lost after crashing in December 2010. No word as to weather these satellites are radioactive or not since the 1st report I heard so that coupled with the fact they have massive solar arrays leads me to believe they are not but don’t quote me on that.
Launch is at 20 sec, impact is at 51 sec and a massive shockwave reaches the camera person at 1:01.