The launch of the Soyuz carrier rocket with OneWeb spacecraft from the Vostochny cosmodrome was postponed to a backup date. This was reported by the press service of the state corporation “Roscosmos”.
“For technical reasons, the launch of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage and 36 OneWeb spacecraft within the framework of mission No. 47 has been postponed to a backup date,” the state corporation said in a statement.
The rocket remains in a prelaunch state, added to Roscosmos.
According to a RIA Novosti source, the launch was canceled due to a malfunction in one of the systems. To eliminate the problem, it is necessary to drain the oxidizer, the source said.
Later, Roskosmos reported that the State Commission at the Vostochny cosmodrome made a decision to launch the launch vehicle on May 28 at 20:38 (Moscow time).
The first launch of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket this year with British satellites on board took place on 25 March. The second is on April 26. Then the state corporation reported that all 36 British satellites, which were launched using the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, were launched into orbit.
OneWeb satellites are designed to create a space communications system that will provide high-speed Internet access to users anywhere on Earth.