Breeze-M (Briz-M) upper stages recalled for checks following Proton M failure

by | Sep 11, 2012 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Russian news wires (Interfax, RIA Novosti etc) report that the head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin has announced that the agency has ordered the recall of an entire batch of Breeze-M (Briz-M) upper stages so that they can been stripped down and checked out fully. It was a fault on an upper stage from this batch that led to the latest Proton-M launch failure on 6 August.  That failure lost the Telkom-3 and Express MD2 satellites abouard which, according to the Flightglobal/Ascend database were insured for $185 million and $37.3 million respectively.

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