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Saturday April 18, 2009

Launch of RazakSAT postponed

PUTRAJAYA: The April 21 scheduled launch of RazakSAT, Malaysia’s second remote sensing satellite, has been postponed due to technical problems with the launch vehicle Falcon 1.

RazakSAT was scheduled to be launched from Omelek island, part of the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, at 6am Malaysian time on April 21.

However, Space Exploration Technology (Space X), the company set to launch the satellite, detected vibration at unsafe level on the launch vehicle, said Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Hanan Alang Endut in a statement. He said work to fix the problem would take about six weeks to be completed.

The new launch date will be announced as soon as Falcon 1 is ready for the launch. — Bernama

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