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Russian space agency postpones first flight of new spaceship until 2028

Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny Cosmodrome. (

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The first flight of a new spacecraft produced by the Russian state space agency Roskosmos has been postponed to 2028, according to Russian media reports quoting chief designer Vladimir Kozhevnikov.

The first launch of the transport spaceship Eagle had been planned for this year, but a few months before the launch, Dmytro Rogozin, who was then the head of Roskosmos, announced a postponement until 2024.

The Moscow Times said that the project implementation deadline had to be revised due to the war in Ukraine. The reason for the current postponement has not been reported.