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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Russia launches a new type of Soyuz

Russia successfully launched Saturday afternoon a new version of its Soyuz rocket, allowing it to give new impetus to a space program that knew failures in recent years.

Firing the Soyuz 2.1v, which includes a new engine and a digital guide was normally expected in early 2012. But was postponed due to an accident during the test phase, which had damaged the motor accident, writes Interfax. It was rescheduled earlier this week, but had to be postponed until Saturday then, the agency said.

The Soyuz lifted off from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region, in north-west Russia.

The Soyuz 2.1v is the latest version of the launcher family became the most widely used since its opening in 1966 shooting rockets.

In 1961, a prototype of the Soyuz, Vostok, was sent into space the first man, Yuri Gagarin.

Despite a budget increase in recent times, the Russian space program suffered a humiliating series of setbacks in recent years, attributed by experts to poor management, a decade of budget cuts and the "brain drain."

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