A Soyuz-2.1a rocket whose launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome was postponed by 24 hours was in fact in absolute order, and the error message was mistakenly given by the control and instrumentation equipment, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with members of the Council of Lawmakers.
"The first launch [from the Vostochny Cosmodrome] was postponed by 24 hours, as it turned out, not because of the rocket itself, which was in absolute order, but because of the control and instrumentation equipment, which gave an error message indicating the absence of the fuelling operation, while in reality it was ongoing," Putin said.
"As often happens with us, the problem was elementary: it's either the cable, or the welding, or the rocket itself."
Nevertheless, Putin saw a positive element in the incident as well. "It's good that the people had one more chance to work, they perfectly worked all night, the right decisions were made, and the launch was successful," he said.
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