|Launch vehicle||Molniya-M [Molniya 8K78M]|
|Launch site||Plesetsk, Russia|
|Description||Second stage failure|
|Cause||Excessive fuel consumption|
|Payload||Molniya-3K (military communications satellite)|
|Desired orbit||Highly elliptical|
The failure was the result of excessive fuel consumption by the second-stage engine, leading to its destruction, a Russian Space Forces official reportedly said.
Although the investigation seems to have been completed, Molniya-M launches will stay suspended for the time being. This will give investigators time to run tests to ensure the problem was fixed, the official said according to Interfax news agency.