Next ISS Crew Launch Delayed Due to Soyuz Defect
Russia's official news agency Itar-Tass is reporting today that the launch of the next International Space Station (ISS) crew will be delayed because of a defective instrument on the crew's Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft.
The announcement comes just hours after the successful landing of Soyuz TMA-04M with its three-person crew.
Itar-Tass quotes Vladimir Popovkin, director of Russia's Roscosmos space agency, as saying that an otherwise unnamed instrument must be removed from Soyuz TMA-06M, replaced, and tested. That will delay the planned October 15 launch until later in the month -- no earlier than October 20, he indicated.
The spacecraft is to take Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford to the ISS.
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