Russia launches inaugural rocket from new spaceport

By REUTERS
April 28, 2016 06:16

Russia launched its inaugural rocket from a new cosmodrome on Thursday, a day after a technical glitch thwarted the much-publicised event in a sign of continued crisis in the nation's space industry.

An unmanned Soyuz rocket carrying three satellites roared off from the launch pad at Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region near China's border at 0501 Moscow time (0201 GMT), Russian news agencies reported.

The launch was called off less than two minutes before the lift-off on Wednesday (April 27), upsetting President Vladimir Putin who had flown thousands of kilometers to watch what Russian media and officials touted as an historic event.


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