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Russia reschedules Soyuz launch after failure to blast off

/ 05:48 PM February 12, 2018

The rocket had been due to take off from Russia’s Baiknonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image: Maxim Shipenkov – Pool /AFP

Russian space agency Roscosmos has delayed the launch of a Soyuz rocket carrying a Progress cargo ship by two days after Sunday’s planned lift-off was aborted at the last minute.

“During the launch, an order was made for the engines to be automatically turned off, the causes are being clarified,” a Roscosmos statement said.

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“The launch is rescheduled for the reserve date of February 13.”

The supply freighter, known as Progress 69, was mounted atop a Soyuz2.1a which had been scheduled to lift off from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with the aim of reaching the International Space Station (ISS) in a record three-and-a-half hours.

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Earlier, a source in the Russian space agency told news agency Interfax that the launch may have failed due to a computer failure in the control system. AB

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