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Soyuz-2.1B Rocket Launch Delay Won't Affect European-Russian Mars Mission
Sunday, 13 March 2016 14:45
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Soyuz-2.1B Rocket Launch Delay Won't Affect European-Russian Mars Mission

16:45 13.03.2016(updated 17:43 13.03.2016) Get short URL

MOSCOW (Sputnik) –  On Saturday, Russia's Soyuz-2.1B was set to take off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying the Resurs-P No. 3 Earth observation satellite. Unfortunately, the booster suffered a rare on-pad abort just about 10 seconds prior to take-off, forcing the space agency Roscosmos to postpone the launch 24 hours. However, this won't delay the launch of Russia’s Proton carrier rocket, which is slated to carry the first of two red planet-bound ExoMars craft into space, head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov said Sunday.

"At the moment a commission is investigating [the issue of] Resurs-P and will make a decision on the issue of the launch. The fueling commission will decide whether fuel should be dumped or left in Soyuz. But I can say that the launch of Soyuz with with Resurs-P No. 3 satellite will take place in time, on Sunday at 9:56 p.m. Moscow time [18:56 GMT]," Komarov said.

According to Spaceflightinsider.com, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket is an upgraded version of a three-stage carrier Soyuz-2 booster. The 46.1 meter-tall launch vehicle has a total mass of 304,814 kg and is designed to put satellites into a variety of orbits.

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