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Moscow (UPI) Jan 27, 2012
The launch of a Russian rocket meant to put a Dutch communications satellite into orbit has been postponed indefinitely for technical reasons, officials said.
It was the second delay for the Proton-M launch, first scheduled for Dec. 26 but postponed for technical issues, RIA Novosti reported Friday.
"Today we are planning to carry out operations to dismount the Proton-M rocket from the launch pad and transport it to the integration building," a statement from Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
The SES-4 satellite intended to be put into orbit by the Russian rocket was built by U.S. company Space Systems/Loral for Dutch operator SES World Skies.
It is designed to provide various satellite services to customers in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Official did not announce a new launch date.
"The date and time of the launch will be established after all registered problems are fixed and additional tests are held," Roscosmos said.
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Proton-M, Dutch Satellite Taken to Launch Pad
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jan 26, 2012
The Proton-M carrier rocket with the Dutch SES-4 (NSS-14) satellite was installed on a launch pad at the Baikonur space center, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday. The launch, initially scheduled for December 26, was postponed until January 28 to fix malfunctions in the rocket's upper stage. "After the carrier rocket was installed at the launch pad, specialists of R ... read more
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