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Russia postpones launch of new-generation rocket

Published on Jun 27, 2014 8:39 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - The maiden launch of Russia's newest rocket hit a major last-minute snag on Friday forcing authorities to abort the flight in the presence of President Vladimir Putin.

The Angara was scheduled to blast off from Plesetsk in northern Russia when officials reported a sudden automatic launch abort, footage on Russian television showed.

The Kremlin strongman, who was overseeing the rocket's planned launch via live linkup, gave space officials an hour to look into the glitch before reporting to him.

"Work in a calm manner, without haste and fuss," he said in televised remarks.

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