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    On Saturday, a planned correction of the ISS orbit could not be carried out after the Progress M-26M's engines failed to start on time. In an unrelated incident just hours later, an emergency situation occurred with the Proton-M rocket carrying a Mexican satellite shortly after its launch. The satellite did not detach and was declared lost.

    MOSCOW, May 18 (Sputnik) – The Proton-M carrier rocket failure harms the reputation of Russia, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

    "The [investigation into the failure] should be brought to the end, [we should] understand both the Soviet and post-Soviet causes [of the Proton accident] because the accident hurts the reputation of our program launches, it is absolutely obvious," Medvedev said during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of Russia’s space industry.

    Medvedev said that there were obvious financial implications due to the failed launch on Saturday of the Proton-M carrier rocket that was to orbit Mexico’s MexSat-1 communications satellite.

    Following the incident, the Russian prime minister ordered to set up a special commission to investigate the causes behind this failure.

    "But, in addition to financial losses, there are reputational costs that I have mentioned. We must deal with this and officially inform everyone that we will continue to carry out these programs."

     

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    investigation, rocket launch, space, MexSat-1, Proton-M, Dmitry Medvedev, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia
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