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Jul 03, 2013, 03:15 AM
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Proton rocket failure

Proton rocket failure compilation (2 min 20 sec)

The latest in the string of recent Proton rocket failures as seen from some heavily firewalled Russian TV footage & some phone cams. Clearly an engine failure in the beginning, causing a sideways tilt, followed by the routine underdamped oscillations of a PID controller trying to recover, fully gimbaling the engines. Then it finally gives up, ejects the payload, shuts down the engines & explodes. Russia doesn't have a range safety device.

It's a spectacular setback for Russia & US, since US can't afford to launch the final space station module without the Proton. US can afford better video equipment, however. Why can't US have more failures, so they can be captured from multiple camera angles, in 3D, slow motion, HD?

Подготовка к пуску ракеты-носителя Прото&#108 (2 min 23 sec)

The wild metal flashing around the engines & red paint on the ground equipment make it look like a 1950's movie prop. Took a lot of vodka to design that.
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