The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Progress-MS-08 space vehicle was postponed from February 11 to the reserve date – February 13. The launch was to take place at the Baikonur cosmodrome at 11:58 Moscow time.
As representatives of “Roskomos” informed, the reason was the command of automatics for switching off the rocket engines.
According to Interfax, the reason for the cancellation could be problems with the control system of the launch vehicle. “There could be a conflict or an error in the operation of the computer system,” the source said.
На старте прошла команда на автоматическое выключение двигателей, причины выясняются. Пуск перенесен на резервную дату – 13 февраля.
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According to the source of Interfax, the ship “on ballistic conditions” will not be able to approach the International Space Station for 3.5 hours, as it was planned earlier: “A two-day scheme will be undertaken.”
“Progress” was supposed to deliver to the International Space Station about 2.5 tons of cargo.