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Russia postpones satellite launch

February 28, 2000

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Technical problems have forced Russia to postpone the launch of a communications satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome, a news report said Monday.

A Proton booster rocket was to carry the Express-A satellite into orbit on Tuesday, but the launch has been rescheduled for March 29, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. No details on the nature of the technical problems were released.

A Proton rocket carrying a Russian Express-A satellite crashed in October after takeoff from Baikonur. Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, which now owns the Baikonur, blocked all Proton launches from the pad following the accident.

However, the ban was lifted this month, and a Proton rocket successfully carried an Indonesian Garuda-1 commercial communications satellite into orbit on February 12.

-- Carl Jenkins (, February 29, 2000

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