The launch of Russia's new Angara rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia was postponed again on Saturday, the center that designed it said.

"The rocket will be rolled back off the launching pad and submitted to a series of inspections. The launch date will be announced once the problems are eliminated," a spokesman for the Moscow-based Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center told the RIA-Novosti news agency.

The launch was aborted at the last minute Friday by an automatic inspection system that detected a failure not yet specified by the authorities.

The flight was rescheduled for Saturday, Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces Commander Alexandr Golovko said, though in the end it never took place.

The Angara 1.2 is the second model of this class of rockets, of modular design, which includes a wide spectrum of launch vehicles from light to heavy.

The most powerful of its class, the Angara A72b, is designed to place usable cargoes of up to 7.6 tons in geostationary orbits some 35,000 kilometers (21,700 miles) from Earth.

Up to last year, some 100 billion rubles (some $3 billion at the exchange rate for the end of 2013) had been invested in this project developed exclusively by Russian companies, according to the local press. EFE