At Baikonur due to bad weather has delayed preparation of a new expedition to the ISS

Due to strong squally winds at Baikonur has canceled the installation of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG” with the spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-20M”, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday citing a source.

The rocket on a special train were taken from the Assembly-testing complex and delivered to the launch site. However, to raise the “Soyuz-FG” in the vertical position was too risky because of the strong wind. So while the rocket docked with the spacecraft remains on a railway platform. The decision time installation will take later.

Thereby shifts the timeline of preparation for the launch of a new expedition to the International space station, previously scheduled for March 19. The ship will deliver to the ISS a new crew consisting of Alexei Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka (Roscosmos) and Jeffrey Williams (NASA). Aboard the ISS they expect Timothy Koper (NASA), Timothy Peak (ESA) and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko.