BBC News reports Russia has launched the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome, following a 24-hour delay that drew the ire of President Vladimir Putin. The launch of the Soyuz was watched by Putin, who had flown 3,500 miles to the country's Far East for the event. The Vostochny cosmodrome was built to reduce dependency on the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. The unmanned rocket is carrying three satellites. The initial attempt at launch was called off less than two minutes before lift-off on Wednesday, following a technical fault. Putin stressed that the delay was related to the rocket itself - not the cosmodrome, located in the Amur region near the Russian-Chinese border.