Russian satellite launch fails

May 16, 2014 11.32 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

russia-flagThe Russian communications satellite Express-AM4R has failed to go into orbit, its loss being estimated to have cost over R1 billion (€21 million).

According to Vedomosti, this followed an emergency that developed in the start-up rocket Proton M after 545 seconds of the launch.

Express-AM4R would have been the third Express satellite to be launched this after Express AT-1 and Express-AT.

It would have been used as a backup for Express-ATM4, which was lost in August 2011 when launching from Baikonur.