Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts forced into emergency landing after malfunction

Russia suspends manned space program after Soyuz rocket makes emergency landing Image Courtesy NASA
Cary Marshall | 13 October, 2018, 15:30

"An accident with the booster, two minutes, 45 seconds", the voice of Ovchinin could be heard saying calmly in live-streamed footage of the launch from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome. "And it can absolutely humble you". "Search & rescue teams report that they remain in good condition after a safe landing following an issue with their launch on a Soyuz earlier", NASA tweeted. As night fell in Central Asia, Hague and Ovchinin were being examined by medical officials and would soon likely return to Russian Federation to the space training facility in Star City.

He said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure, adding that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.

An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule is scheduled for launch in January 2019, with a similar manned launch set for June 2019.

"We have plenty of supplies on board the station to support the crew and they're going to continue to do work", NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries told Space.com.

Parachutes deployed automatically. The gray-colored capsule tumbled onto grassy flatlands. They were due to return to Earth in December, but may now be stuck there longer.

Russian Federation has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets to launch commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station. The cosmonauts safely escaped in that accident as well.

Three astronauts are now on board the space station: NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Flight controllers kept the three space station residents abreast of the situation after Thursday's aborted launch.

The Russian space program has suffered several failures in recent years. The space agency said, Rogozin was flying to the scene of the emergency landing.

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The source said that the crew members were alive and have made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan, they have been experiencing a g-force of 6gs during the landing, Sputnik reported.

Russian Federation has said it will suspend all its manned flights to the International Space Station until the cause of the accident has been investigated. It was the first time that the Soyuz - the main workhorse of crewed space flight today - had failed on a launch to the 20-year-old International Space Station.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential vote, but they have kept co-operating in space. They said Soyuz landed near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. "The investigation is ongoing, Russian Federation has been very supportive of sharing data with the United States and we're grateful for that".

NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011 and ever since has relied on Russian Federation to take American astronauts to and from the space station. The astronauts were to dock at the space station six hours later and join an American, a Russian and a German on board.

The politician has clashed with the USA, suggesting American astronauts should use trampolines instead of Russian rockets to reach the ISS after Washington imposed sanctions over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

The malfunction could cause trouble for NASA as the agency is waiting for both Boeing and SpaceX to deliver homegrown spacecraft so it no longer has to rely on Russian Federation to send supplies and crew to the ISS. "In retrospect those don't look like wise decisions", said space policy expert John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University.

International Space Station commander Alexander Gerst says he is grateful two astronauts are doing well after an exceedingly rare and harrowing launch abort ended their journey toward the orbiting laboratory. 'The emergency rescue systems of the MS-Soyuz spacecraft worked smoothly.

Still, Phil McAlister, who oversees the commercial crew program for NASA, recently warned that "launch dates will still have some uncertainty, and we anticipate they may change as we get closer to launch".

In 1983, Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov survived a fire during launch in Kazakhstan.

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