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Technical hitch delays first rocket launch at Russian cosmodrome

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Technical hitch delays first rocket launch at Russian cosmodrome

<p>Russia’s space agency has been left red faced, after a last-minute technical hitch forced it to delay the inaugural launch of a Soyuz rocket from its new launchpad. </p> <p>The unmanned rocket – carrying three satellites – had been due to blast off from Vostochny, in the eastern Amur region.</p> <p>Officials say they are investigating what has gone wrong. </p> <p>“We need to determine the failure and fix it. It’s not related to the operation of the mobile service tower, launching system,” said Igor Burenkov, Roscosmos spokesman. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First countdown at Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome aborted in final minutes. <a href="https://t.co/eoxVnEZlTY">https://t.co/eoxVnEZlTY</a> <a href="https://t.co/RXMkQSbW6a">pic.twitter.com/RXMkQSbW6a</a></p>— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/725200191431659520">27 April 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The Vostochny launch site has been built to end Russia’s reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in neighbouring Kazakhstan.</p> <p>All being well, the rocket is now due to be launched on Thursday morning. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight we welcome the Vostochny Cosmodrome for its debut launch. And President Putin will be there (no pressure!) <a href="https://t.co/Y5xDbAC60X">pic.twitter.com/Y5xDbAC60X</a></p>— Chris B – <span class="caps">NSF</span> (@NASASpaceflight) <a href="https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/724967405357809669">26 April 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>