Launch of Dnepr carrier rocket with U.S. satellites delayed until April

The launch is delayed due to technical problems, a source with knowledge of the situation told

A launch of the Dnepr carrier rocket with two satellites Iridium Next is postponed until April 2016, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax-AVN.

"The launch is delayed due to technical problems with the creation of the satellites," he said on Oct. 29.

Previously, the launch of Dnepr with American satellites was already postponed from October to December this year.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said earlier that the missile forces had stopped the launches under the Dnepr program. "Flight tests under the Dnepr program are stopped," he said.

The Dnepr carrier rocket is a three-stage, liquid-fuel one. The first and second stages are organic ones of the RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile (Satan in NATO's classification). The Dnepr takeoff weight is 210 tonnes.

Launches under this program envision the RS-20B scrapping by a launch with the parallel injection of the payload into outer space.

The Federal Space Agency has repeatedly spoken out against the use of Dnepr carrier rockets.

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