"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."