Russia delays launch of Soyuz rocket

This handout photo released by Roscosmos space agency on November 29, 2016 shows service towers moving towards the Soyuz-U carrier rocket. Photo: ROSCOSMOS SPACE AGENCY/AFP

MOSCOW - 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. 

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

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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.

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. 


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