MOSCOW, Aug 25 (PRIME) — Russias Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered the Federal Space Agency to improve the system of production, testing, and control of spacecraft after Wednesdays crash of the Progress M-12M freighter spacecraft in the constituent republic of Altai, Putins spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.
The crash did not cause any casualties or damage on the ground.
The spacecraft experienced a malfunction while detaching from a Soyuz-U carrier rocket and crashed.
The Progress M-12M freighter spacecraft was carrying food, water, and other supplies for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS).
On August 18 Russias Federal Space Agency failed to locate the Express-AM4 satellite, while the launch of three Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) satellites in late 2010 ended with the satellites crashing into the ocean.