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[i]Tuesday's rocket failure was "another setback for Moscow's space program," RIA-Novosti stated, recalling a 2010 Proton-M rocket crash that destroyed three other satellites intended for the Russian GLONASS system, a global-positioning network like the GPS that guides U.S. drivers, hikers, golfers and fliers.
Another Proton-M failed in August 2011, an incident blamed on a control-system malfunction, and complications with the Briz engine on the rocket scrapped a Proton mission last summer. In December, a booster failed to lift the Proton to its planned satellite deployment position, requiring a second mission to put the satellite into the correct orbit, the Russian space agency Roskosmos reported at the time.
In July 2006, a Russian Dnepr rocket carrying 18 satellites, mostly for foreign clients including the United States and Italy, crashed a minute and a half after launch, destroying its entire payload and setting back Russia's commercial launch agenda for months.[/i]
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