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Launch of Proton-M carrier rocket with Luch satellite likely to be delayed

June 04, 2014, 13:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“I forecast that Proton rockets will not be launched this month,” an official says
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MOSCOW, June 4 /ITAR-TASS/. The launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Luch satellite scheduled for June 20 is likely to be postponed, the head of the inter-departmental commission investigating the recent accident with the Proton rocket said on Wednesday.

“I forecast that Proton rockets will not be launched this month,” First Deputy Director General of the Tsniimash Central Research Institute of Machine Building Alexander Danilyuk said.

Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) earlier said a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Luch satellite was scheduled for launch at 10:59 p.m. Moscow time (6:59 p.m. GMT) on June 20.

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