5 February 2013, 19:09

Launch of Soyuz rocket carrying 6 satellites postponed by 1 day for weather reasons - source

Launch of Soyuz rocket carrying 6 satellites postponed by 1 day for weather reasons - source

he launch of a Soyuz-2.1A launch vehicle carrying six mobile telecommunications satellites belonging to the Globalstar company has been postponed to a reserve date due to unfavorable weather conditions in the area of the Baikonur Space Center, a Baikonur source said.

"The launch has been postponed by one day for meteorological reasons," the source said. The center for operations of the ground space infrastructure, which, in particular, operates the Baikonur infrastructure, reported on its website that the weather in the Baikonur area was fair with some clouds, moderate southeastern wind and temperature varying from zero to minus three degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

The original prelaunch sequence stipulated that the launch vehicle's loading with oxygen was to be completed and its loading with nitrogen was to be in progress now. The launch of the Soyuz was originally planned for 10:20:22 Moscow time on Tuesday.

This was to be the last of the four Globalstar launches. The previous missions took place on October 19, 2010, July 13, 2011 and December 28, 2011.

It is planned that 24 second-generation satellites along with the eight first-generation satellites launched in 2007 are to maintain the orbital system's operations until 2025. Globalstar Inc. plans to order 24 more second-generation satellites in the future.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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