April 27, 2016 / 2:46 AM / 4 years ago

Glitch postpones first space flight from Russia's new launch-pad

A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites stands on the launch pad at the new Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 km from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region on April 27, 2016. REUTERS/ Kirill Kudryavstev

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A technical fault forced Russia’s space agency on Wednesday to postpone at the last minute the inaugural launch of a rocket into space from its new Vostochny launch-pad, Russian media reported.

An unmanned Soyuz rocket carrying three satellites had been scheduled to fire off into orbit from the Vostochny site, which was built to end Russia’s reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan.

Moments before the scheduled launch time, officials at the launch-site, in Russia’s far eastern Amur region, announced a postponement until Thursday morning, citing technical problems, Interfax news agency reported.

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Robert Birsel

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