On February 19th, a Russian rocket was supposed to bring a batch of internet satellites into orbit under a Roscosmos contract with the British company OneWeb. However, a hole was discovered in the booster block that was not expected to be there, TASS reports with reference to their sources in the space industry.
“In one of the pipelines in a block, a micro hole was found, which developed, apparently due to the long transportation of the upper stage of the rocket to the spaceport in French Guiana,” said the informant.
He clarified that experts are already working at the Kourou rocket launch site in South America to eliminate the defect, and due to the incident, the launch will probably be postponed to March.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has not commented on the situation.
On October 11 last year, the Russian Soyuz-FG rocket, which was supposed to deliver the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft with Russian and American astronauts crashed.