Russian Federation hopes US will be understanding about 'Soyuz' incident - Ifax

Mindy Sparks
October 13, 2018

According to NASA, the failure was caused by an anomaly with the booster on the spacecraft.

This leaves Soyuz 10-1, a 1983 mission to the Salyut 7 space station, able to retain its title as the only manned mission to use the launch escape tower - a funnel-like cap or tower that sits atop the stack ready to whisk the crew capsule away from an exploding rocket on the launch pad or during early phases of flight.

On Thursday night Australian time, a Soyuz-FG booster rocket with a crewed Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on top experienced a serious malfunction about three minutes into the flight, forcing USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing in the Kazakh steppe.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, is helped by specialists as his space suit is tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 11, 2018.

Sergei Krikalyov, the head of Roscosmos' manned programs, said the launch went awry after one of the rocket's four boosters failed to jettison about two minutes into the flight, damaging the main stage and triggering the emergency.

Eleven minutes after liftoff, NASA tweeted that the "crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode", meaning the spacecraft was falling to Earth without any propulsion. The crew landed about 20 kilometers east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, where rescue crews were scrambled to find them. The trio is now scheduled to return home in December, and they're well supplied with food and water, said Kenny Todd, NASA's ISS operations integration manager, at a press briefing held yesterday.

NASA and Roscosmos officials say they are launching an investigation into exactly what went wrong with the rocket and why.

Russian Federation was forming a state commission to investigate the Soyuz launch incident, Nasa said.

Rogozin on Friday posted a picture on Twitter of himself sat next to the two astronauts and said they had now arrived in Moscow.

That could mean another launch before mid-December, when the three-member crew of the space station was scheduled to end their six-month mission.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the U.S. space shuttle fleet. From the optimistic vantage point of the past, we were supposed to have space stations on the Moon and Mars by now.

However, in the meantime, this failure has a number of consequences for the agencies and the crew aboard the space station. There has only ever been one other launch mishap with the Soyuz, in Mongolia in 1975, according to CBS. Russian officials have also insisted on a bigger role in a US -led plan to build a space station orbiting the moon. But the incident highlights recent tensions that have surfaced in a long-running collaboration in space between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

After the crew successfully navigated the failure and landed safely, they boarded a plane to fly back to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The hole cause a small oxygen leak while hooked up to the ISS.

Glitches found in Russia's Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh.

Three people are now aboard the space station: a German, a Russian and an American.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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