15:19 GMT23 April 2021
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    The Fregat booster-equipped Soyuz-2 carrier rocket will deliver 38 satellites from 18 countries into low-Earth orbit.

    The launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Baikonur space centre has been postponed until Sunday, Russian state space corporation Roscosmos' chief, Dmitry Rogozin, told Sputnik on Saturday.

    "There was a power surge and we decided not to risk it [the launch]," Rogozin said.

    The payload includes the South Korean CAS500-1 Earth remote sensing satellite as the primary payload, Japanese ELSA-d space debris docking and removal satellite; four Japanese GRUS satellites; Saudi Arabia’s optical Earth observation NAJM-1 and others, including satellites from Russia, Israel, Thailand, Canada, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Argentina, and Hungary.

    This will be the first commercial launch conducted by Glavkosmos Launch Services (Roscosmos' commercial launch operator), authorised by Roscosmos to conclude commercial contracts for the launch of satellites using Soyuz-2 rockets from Russian cosmodromes.

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    Soyuz-2.1b, Russia, Satellites, Baikonur
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