MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An automatic engine cutoff has cancelled the launch of the Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket carrier from Baikonur on Saturday, a source at the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti.
"The automatic engine cutoff occurred during the lift-off of the Soyuz 2-1B carrier rocket with the Resurs-P No.3 remote-sensing satellite. The launch has been cancelled, the causes are being investigated, " the source said.
The next launch of Soyuz carrier rockets from the Baikonur space station is likely to be suspended before the recent emergency involving the Soyuz 2-1B is investigated, a source in the space industry told RIA Novosti.
"The Soyuz-FG, carrying a new crew to the International Space Station was due to be launched next on March 19. I do not rule out, although I am not totally sure, that the launch will be postponed," the source said.