Inaugural Vostochny launch delayed 24 hours
The first planned launch from Russia’s newly built Vostochny Cosmodrome, located in the country’s Far East, was postponed 24 hours, according to the Russian News Agency TASS. The reason behind the Soyuz-2.1a launch delay is unclear.
A Soyuz-2.1a was slated to take a trio of Russian satellites to orbit. The rocket was scheduled to leave the pad at 10:01 p.m. EDT (02:01 GMT April 27), but the launch sequence was aborted less than two minutes from the planned liftoff time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was reported to be on hand to watch the inaugural launch from the spaceport, located in the Amur region near the Chinese border.
“We have no information as to why the launch was delayed,” a Roscosmos representative told TASS.
It is hoped that this new facility will free Russia from paying $115 million a year in fees (according to a report appearing on Space Daily).
Stay tuned to SpaceFlight Insider for more information as it becomes known.
Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter. His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space Oct. 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized his true calling was communicating to others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor.