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    Soyuz-2.1a Rocket's Launch Might Be Rescheduled for 2019 - Source

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with two Kanopus-V satellites from Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome planned for December 26 might be postponed, if the manufacturer does not receive the satellite-borne equipment in time, a source in the rocket and space industry told Sputnik on Sunday.

    "If the deliveries of satellite-borne equipment are delayed for more than a week, the timely assembly of the spacecrafts, the conduct of in-plant tests and [the spacecrafts'] timely delivery to the cosmodrome will become problematic, which threatens to postpone the launch until 2019. Such a scenario cannot be ruled out," the source said.

    In June, the Russian Defense Ministry announced a successful launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center on Sunday to orbit a Glonass-M satellite.

    READ MORE: Soyuz Rocket With Meteor Satellite Blasts Off From Vostochny Cosmodrome (VIDEO)

    Earlier, Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems satellite producer reported that the signal interface control document for GLONASS would be updated in 2018.

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