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Launch of Russia’s Rokot rocket may be postponed to late January

December 02, 2015, 17:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The documents for starting the pre-launch preparatory work had not been agreed with the Russian military agency and the Khrunichev space centre, the source said
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MOSCOW, December 2 /TASS/. The launch of Russia’s Rokot carrier rocket with the European Sentinel 3A satellite onboard may be postponed from December to late January 2016, a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS on Wednesday.

"The Sentinel 3A satellite was delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome on November 30 when preparations for its launch were supposed to start…," the source said. "However, it turned out that the documents for starting the pre-launch preparatory work had not been agreed with the Russian military agency and the Khrunichev space centre (the Rokot producer)," the source went on to say.

"The launch is unlikely to take place before the end of January because of the New Year holidays when all the work at the cosmodrome is going to come to a halt from December 30 to January 10," the source explained.

The launch which was originally planned for October 31 was postponed first till December 10 and then to late December. The last time the Rokot carrier rocket blasted off from Plesetsk, a military space port in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region, took place on September 24. It put three military communications satellites in orbit.

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