– Russian President expresses disappointment in space official.
– Officials blamed a mechanical failure.
Russian President expresses disappointment in space official.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin has expressed his disappointment in space officials after he fled thousands of miles to witness the first rocket launch from a new cosmodrome only for it to be delayed. He afterwards charged the space officials to fix hitches.
The Soyuz launch from the Vostochny space port, about 5,500 km (3,500 miles) east of Moscow, was called off just minutes before the planned lift-off.
Officials blamed a mechanical failure, and the launch was rescheduled for Thursday. Mr Putin will stay on until then.
At a meeting with the country’s top space official on Wednesday, the president said, “The fact is there is a large number of hitches. That is bad. There should be an appropriate reaction.”
It is expected that the second launch attempt will be made on Thursday at 05:01 Moscow time (02:01 GMT).
Putin further stated at the meeting that the delay experience in the launching has everything to do with the rocket itself and less to do with the cosmodrome.
The whole idea of building a new space port in Russia is personal to Putin and it is targeted at avoiding any potential political risks of using the old Soviet launch center at Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
But construction of the vast complex in Russia’s Far East has been stroked by delays and dogged by corruption scandals.
Four people have already been arrested and the president warned, “If their guilt is proven, they will have to change their warm beds at home for plank-beds in prison.”