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Russia suspends assemblage of next Soyuz-FG launch vehicle

ANI  |  Moscow [Russia] 

All works with the booster that has been prepared for the launch of the MS-10 cargo have been suspended because it may have the same defects as the that failed on Thursday and it may help the investigation into the incident, a source in the space industry said on Saturday.

"The rocket designed for the launch of MS-10 has been already assembled into a stack (the first and second stages of the rocket) at the Baikonur (cosmodrome)... A considerable number of checks have already been made. All works with the rocket have been suspended and not because launches have been forbidden - it is not prohibited to make preparations after all - but because it may have the same defects as the rocket that malfunctioned and it could help the investigation," the source said.

The launch of the MS-10 cargo to the (ISS) was scheduled to take place on October 31, however, the launch was postponed to November following the failed liftoff of the MS-10 on Thursday that used the same booster.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 16:25 IST