Launch postponed for Soyuz rocket with 38 foreign satellites

Launch postponed for Soyuz rocket with 38 foreign satellites


Moscow: The Russian Space Agency Roskosmos said that the launch of the Russian Soyuz rocket has been postponed until Sunday, which carries 38 foreign satellites.

Roscos Moss added that the satellite launches of more than sixty Asian, Arab and European countries, Canada and Brazil, which were originally scheduled to take place at 0607 GMT on Saturday, are now scheduled for launch at 0607 GMT on Sunday.

“The launch of the rocket… with 38 foreign satellites on board from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has been postponed until a later date,” Roscosmos said.

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said the launch was postponed after a surge in voltage was detected.

“We decided not to take the risk,” Rogozin told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The rocket was due to place in orbit 38 satellites from 18 countries, including South Korea, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy and Brazil.

Among them are the Challenge-1, the first satellite made completely in Tunisia, which was created by the Telnet telecommunications group. 

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