UPDATE 3-Russian rocket with Mexican satellite destroyed over Siberia

sábado 16 de mayo de 2015 13:45 GYT

* Carrier rocket fails to put satellite into orbit

* Russian space programme beset by problems (Adds Mexican government and ILS comments)

By Dmitry Solovyov

ALMATY, May 16 (Reuters) - A Proton-M carrier rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned and burnt up over Siberia minutes after launch on Saturday, the latest in a series of mishaps for Russia's space industry.

The third stage of the rocket carrying the MexSat-1 communications satellite suffered a problem about 500 seconds after launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian media quoted Russian space officials as saying.

Russia's space agency Roscosmos subsequently said in a statement that the satellite, booster and third stage burnt up almost entirely in the atmosphere.

Jim Kramer, Vice-President of International Launch Services (ILS), which launched the rocket, told a news conference that early indications were that hardware from the launch re-entered Earth's atmosphere in far east Siberia, but that most of it had probably disintegrated.

He added that all launches of carrier rockets of this type would now be suspended pending a Russian state-led investigation.

Mexico's Transport and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that the satellite was insured and that the government would get its money back in full.   Continuación...