Russia postpones next space station crew launch

MOSCOW, Sept. 17 (UPI) — Russian space program Roscosmos announced its next space station crew launch has been postponed indefinitely.

A post on the Roscosmos website stated the launch of the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft planned for Sept. 23, 2016 was delayed for technical reasons after routine tests at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The new date of the launch will be announced some time in the future.

Soyuz MS-02 commander Sergey Ryzhikov, flight engineer Andrey Borisenko and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough had originally been scheduled to dock at the International Space Station on Sept. 25 after the launch, according to CBS News.

Current space station crew members Soyuz MS-01 commander Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi were scheduled to return to Earth Oct. 30, if Soyuz MS-02 were to arrive on time.

NASA managers are awaiting details from Russia on what is needed to repair the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft and prepare it for launch.



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