The Proton-M rocket failed to launch on 1 July 2013. This is one of the main launch vehicles use for launching various satellites from many different suppliers. This failure is going to have an impact on the SANSA Space Operations business, because some of the launches SANSA is contracted to do in 2013 are scheduled to be on Proton launch vehicles. Tiaan Strydom, Business evelopment Manager at Space Operations; "this is very concerning to us as business. We are observing with keen interest all the developments surrounding this failure. For now we are waiting to see if they are going to ground all the Proton launch vehicles and how the investigation is going to evolve," he explains.
Live video showed the Proton gyrating left and then right as it ascended off the pad before going horizontal, barrel rolling and falling into a nose dive. The front end of the rocket sheared away and the main stage erupted in a massive fireball before hitting the ground in a horrific explosion.