A Russian Soyuz-2 rocket carrying a navigation satellite was struck by lightning during launch on Monday in north Russia. The mission was a success despite the strike.
As the launch vehicle lifted off from the launch pad, it was struck by lightning. Despite this, all the rocket equipment worked normally and the satellite was delivered into orbit within the designated time.
“The launch was carried out in the normal mode. The weather is not an obstacle and we [the Space Force of Russia’s Aerospace Forces] are all-weather troops. This is yet another proof that lightning cannot damage our aerospace weapons,” the spaceport’s chief said.
Lightning strikes during rocket launches are rare, but not unprecedented.