A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday carrying 38 foreign satellites following takeoff was twice delayed because of technical problems, Russian space agency Roscosmos explained.
Video published by Roscosmos revealed the Soyuz blaster launch against the grey and cloudy skies at 0607 GMT. “The Soyuz-2.1a carrier aircraft with the Fregat upper stage and 38 spacecraft in 18 countries took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome,” Roscosmos stated on its Twitter account.
The aircraft will put in orbit 38 satellites by more than a dozen countries, including South Korea, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy and Brazil.
One of them is that the Challenge-1, the first satellite made completely in Tunisia, that was produced by the Telnet telecommunications group. The launch has been twice postponed from Saturday following a spike in voltage was detected.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian space industry has lagged behind international contests, plagued with corruption scandals and technological stagnation. Back in 2018, a Soyuz rocket carrying out a Russian cosmonaut and a NASA astronaut collapsed mid-flight, forcing the crew to perform an emergency landing. Both survived with no accidents.