Soyuz launch delayed 24 hours: European Space Agency

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The maiden launch Thursday of a Russian-built Soyuz rocket carrying two satellites in Europe's planned geopositioning service has been delayed 24 hours, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

"There has been a 24-hour delay in the launch related to the rocket," an ESA spokesman said.

Arianespace chief executive Jean-Yves Le Gall was to give a press conference later.

Lift-off of the rocket carrying the first satellites of Europe's 5.4-billion-euro (7.2-billion-dollar) answer to the US Global Positioning System (GPS) had been set for 7:34 a.m. (1034 GMT).

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