MOSCOW – The Russian Space Agency has delayed a plan to launch a Soyuz spacecraft with crew members including Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui until late July, according to TASS news service.
The launch was initially scheduled for May 27. It has been postponed due to an investigation into why a Progress cargo craft that used a similar launch vehicle in April spun out of control as it entered orbit and fell back to Earth.
Vladimir Solovyov, the agency’s flight director for the International Space Station’s Russian segment, told a press conference on Tuesday that a different carrier rocket will be used in lifting off a Progress in early July to deliver supplies to the ISS.
Russian media had reported earlier that the Soyuz would be launched in mid-July.
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