According to TASS with reference to a source in space industry, the launch of Russian rocket Proton with American satellite EchoStar 21 was postponed till the second decade of January after litter was found in the rocket’s engine.
“Steering engines of one of the stages of the booster had litter in them. The engines were manufactured at Voronezh Mechanical Plant, a commission will be sent there. It was decided to replace the engine and all the pipes that come to it, and conduct a complete fault check,” said the source.
Earlier, the manufacturer of Proton-M said that the missile launch from Baikonur was postponed for additional inspections of systems. However, the company did not specify the new date.
Initially, the start was scheduled for the first quarter of 2016, but has been repeatedly postponed.