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Russian officials say no decision until Monday on Soyuz delay

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures May 26 during a final qualification exam session. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station.

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A day after reports that the next Soyuz launch will be delayed, Russian officials now say a decision on any delay has yet to be made.

Reports Wednesday stated that the Soyuz MS-01 launch, scheduled for June 24, had been delayed to July 7 because of problems with the spacecraft’s control system.

On Thursday, though, sources said a decision on when to launch the spacecraft won’t be made until Monday, giving Soyuz manufacturer Energia time to correct the issue and avoid a delay.

However, the same report also claimed that a decision to delay the launch had already been made, and Monday’s meeting would be to only formally confirm it. [TASS]


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