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First Launch From New Vostochny Space Center Scheduled Early Thursday

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The launch of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying three satellites from the newly-built Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East is scheduled for 05:01 Moscow time (02:01 GMT) on Thursday, the press service of the Russian space agency Roscosmos informs.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – That will be the first launch from the newly-built Vostochny space center.

The new space center was set to be completed by late 2015, with the first launch initially scheduled for December 2015. The launch was later postponed due to construction delays.

On Wednesday, the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket from Vostochny was postponed due to the failure of the rocket's automatic control system.

Vostochny has been under construction since 2012 and is expected to reduce Russia's dependency on the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

According to Roscosmos, the Wednesday postponement of the maiden launch from Vostochny was not connected to the spaceport’s infrastructure and was not caused by the human factor.

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