RazakSAT launch delayed
By : Regina Lee
The launch of the RazakSAT, Malaysia's second remote sensing satellite has been postponed until further notice due to "technical problems".
Due for lift-off on April 21, Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Hanan Alang Endut said the delay was because of problems with the launching vehicle.
The vehicle, Falcon 1, belonging to a company Space Exploration Technology (SpaceX), is to lift off the satellite from the launching pad at Omelek Island, Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Island.
Abdul Hanan said SpaceX will be doing the repairs which will take at least six weeks.
"The ministry agreed on the postponement after discussions, taking into consideration that the safety of our national asset, the RazakSAT, is of utmost importance," he said in a statement.
He assured that a new launching date for the satellite will be announced once the vehicle is safe and sound.
The RM150 million satellite will be the first to orbit the Equator.
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