12 Oct 2017 14:32

Cargo spacecraft launch postponed due to LV defects - source

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax) - The launch of the Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome has been postponed for technical reasons, a cosmodrome source told Interfax on Thursday.

"Preliminarily, some technical defects came up on the Soyuz 2.1A launch vehicle," the source said.

Preliminary findings indicate that defects could been uncovered in the electric or flight control systems, but only a special commission can make definitive conclusions as to why the launch has been postponed, the source said.

Among the possible reasons for the postponement is the malfunction of a sensor transmitting technical information from the spacecraft and the launch vehicle, the source said. "It could well be that the glitch could have been caused by the failure of a sensor transmitting information to the control panel," the source said.

"All current conclusions are preliminary," the source said.

The announcer at the Space Mission Control said earlier on Thursday that the launch of the Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft had been postponed to October 14. "The back-up date for the spacecraft's launch is October 14. The launch is scheduled for 11:46 a.m. Moscow time," the source said.