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US Asks Russia to Delay Satellite Launch - Official

© Photo : Roskosmos / Go to the photo bankLaunch of Proton with Astra-2E satellite on Sept. 30, 2013
Launch of Proton with Astra-2E satellite on Sept. 30, 2013 - Sputnik International
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The US asked to delay today’s launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying an American commercial satellite after problems with one of its communications centers, a space agency official said Sunday.

MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) – The US asked to delay today’s launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying an American commercial satellite after problems with one of its communications centers, a space agency official said Sunday.

The launch has been delayed until Monday because a US communications station in South Africa isn’t working properly, said Sergei Gorbunov, a spokesman for Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency.

The Proton-M rocket was scheduled to blast off tonight at 10.13 p.m. Moscow time from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

It’s set to carry a Sirius FM-6 satellite into space, bolstering the US broadcasting giant’s satellite fleet already transmitting radio across North America.

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