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Rocket launch delay not linked to spaceport infrastructure — Roscosmos

April 27, 8:23 UTC+3
According to the official spokesman of the Russian space corporation, the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket and all three satellites are safe and the launch can be carried out on Thursday
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Russia's new Vostochny spaceport

Russia's new Vostochny spaceport

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VOSTOCHNY SPACEPORT, April 27. /TASS/. The cancellation of the rocket launch from Russia’s new Vostochny spaceport in the Far East is not linked to the facility’s infrastructure, the first deputy head of the Roscosmos space corporation told reporters on Wednesday.

"This has no relation to the specifics of the Vostochny cosmodrome," Alexander Ivanov said. "A glitch has occurred, we need to study out and eliminate it," he added.

"This is not linked to the work of the mobile tower or the launching system," he stressed. Ivanov has also ruled out that human error is to blame for the delay.

Roscosmos official spokesman Igor Burenkov told reporters that all of the cosmodrome’s systems are working as normal and show what is happening with the carrier rocket.

The space corporation earlier said the automatic system canceled the maiden launch of the rocket 1.5 minutes before the liftoff. A commission is currently investigating the reasons for the launch’s cancellation.

Soyuz rocket, three satellites safe, launch possible on Thursday

According to Burenkov, the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket and all three satellites are safe and the launch can be carried out at 5:01 a.m. Moscow time (02:01GMT) on Thursday.

"The reserve date of April 28 is in force, at 5:01 a.m.," Igor Burenkov said.

"It is most important that the rocket is safe and all the three satellites are safe. This is the most important thing, this shows that telemetry works as normal."

Roscosmos earlier said the automatic system halted the maiden launch of the rocket 1.5 minutes before the take-off. The launch could be carried out on Thursday and a commission is currently investigating the reasons for the cancellation.

The head of Russia’s Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, said the launch was halted automatically due to the glitches of the automated control system. He said the system may be restored in a day. "As usual, the responsibility for what is happening in the space sector rests with those people who are in charge of it and head it," Komarov added.

The first launch from the Vostochny spaceport was due to take place at 5:01 a.m. Moscow time (02:01GMT) on Wednesday. Russia’s government commission at the Vostochny spaceport earlier approved of the decision to carry out the launch.

The Soyuz-2.1a space rocket was due to put three satellites - Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 - into orbit.

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