PARIS — A Proton M/Block DM-03 rocket carrying three Russian Glonass navigation satellites veered wildly off course shortly after liftoff July 2, exploding into a fiery ball before crashing 2.5 km from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Prior to the failure, International Launch Services (ILS) and majority owner Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center had been aiming for 10 commercial Proton launches in 2013, following a string of launch mishaps over the past ...
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