Launch of Dutch satellite postponed

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The crash of an unmanned Russian rocket on Friday also had consequences for the scheduled launch of a Dutch telecommunications satellite.

The NSS-14 of the Hague company New Skies Satellites was scheduled for launch on Monday; a new date has not yet been set.

Russian space travel organisation Roskosmos on Monday decided to postpone the launch of the Dutch satellite, just hours before countdown was scheduled to commence. The NSS-14 was to have been launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where Dutch astronaut André Kuipers took off on his trip to the International Space Station last week.

It is not yet known what caused Friday’s crash. It was the fifth failed Russian launch in about a year’s time. The probe Phobos-Grunt was launched successfully but lost contact with flight control. The probe will probably perish when it re-enters the atmosphere in January.

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