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Russia delays launch of landmark rocket for a second day

Published on Jun 28, 2014 5:30 PM

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia put off the maiden launch of its first new space rocket design since Soviet times for a second day on Saturday, RIA news agency said, a fresh blow to the country's once-pioneering industry.

The debut launch of the Angara rocket was first called off on Friday after the vehicle's booster cut out during a final countdown watched by President Vladimir Putin via video link at the Kremlin.

Angara, built by the Khrunichev space centre, is a key test of Russia's ability remake a troubled space industry which is struggling to recover from braindrain and years of budget curbs.

"The rocket will be removed from the launchpad and transferred to a technical stand for comprehensive analysis," RIA quoted the Khrunichev centre as saying, adding the new launch time would only be decided after the checks.

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