A test launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket with a new engine design has been delayed until 2014, officials said without specifying a new date.
"The launch has been postponed until next year," defense official Colonel
The new Soyuz-2.1v features a completely reworked first stage powered by a new-design rocket engine built by the
Originally scheduled for Monday, and then postponed twice, officials decided to push the test launch to next year over concerns of a possible malfunction of one of the rocket's engines, a space industry source told RIA Novosti.
The Soyuz and the Chinese Long March 2F are currently the only two operating rockets in the world capable of sending astronauts into space; all astronauts on the
Since its debut in 1966, the Soyuz design has been used for more than 1,700 launches.
Soyuz missions currently take place at three locations --
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