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Russia Postpones Launch Of U.S. Communications Satellite


http://gdb.rferl.org/acd0839c-f079-405d-99ab-82c5bd0bb30b_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/acd0839c-f079-405d-99ab-82c5bd0bb30b_mw800_mh600.jpg Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan (AFP) 6 December 2005 -- Russia's space agency today postponed indefinitely the launch of a U.S. communications satellite, citing a flaw in the Russian booster rocket.


The Proton-M rocket was due to lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Russia's Federal Space Agency hopes to reschedule the launch for later in December following repairs to a set of control equipment in the booster rocket.


The booster was built by the Khrunichev space firm. A similar failure of a Khrunichev booster rocket was blamed for the loss in October of a 120 million euro ($141 million) satellite belonging to the European Space Agency.


Russia has aimed to earn foreign cash by launching foreign commercial satellites.


(AP)

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