First Rocket Launch From Russia's New Cosmodrome Postponed

Posted: Apr 27 2016, 1:51am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

First Rocket Launch from Russia's new Cosmodrome Postponed
A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites stands on the launch pad at the new Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kms from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region on April 27, 2016. Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome was set to hold its inaugural launch as the country strives to boost its space programme despite economic woes. / AFP / POOL / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / Getty Images

A maiden space launch from a newly-built Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East was postponed due to the failure of the automatic control system, space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday.

"An automatic stop of the launch occurred after the supercharge command due to malfunction of the automated control system," Roscosmos head Igor Komarov said.

The orbit for the launch was sun-synchronous, thus the postponement for 24 hours is planned… I think there is every reason to believe that it can be fixed in one day," Sputnik news agency quoted Komarov as saying.

According to Roscosmos, the postponement of the maiden launch was no connected to the spaceport’s infrastructure and was not caused by the human factor.

The telemetry, as well as the Soyuz-2.1a rocket and three satellites are operating normally, according to the space agency.

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