Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Russian Soyuz Rocket Failure Caused By Damaged Sensor, Reveals Probe

Russian official says Soyuz rocket failure caused by an errant sensor Canadian expected to be aboard Russia's 1st manned space mission since rocket failure
Cary Marshall | 01 November, 2018, 13:39

Russian Federation suspended all launches after the accident on October 11, unprecedented for Russia's post-Soviet manned launches, that saw the rocket fail minutes after blast-off.

The Soyuz-FG rocket carrying a NASA astronaut and a Roscosmos cosmonaut failed two minutes into the October 11 flight, sending their emergency capsule into a sharp fall back to Earth.

Sergei Krikalyov, a senior Roscosmos official, was quoted by state news agency Tass as saying the next manned launch had been planned for mid-December, but that Russian Federation was trying to bring the date forward so that the ISS is not briefly left without a crew.

On the rocket destined for the ISS will be Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

Russian space agency announced on Wednesday that it will launch its first manned rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 3 after its failed attempt on October 1.

The current three-person crew aboard the space station may return home on December 20, Krikalyov was quoted as saying.

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The current ISS crew, the ESA's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, and Roscosmos' Sergey Prokopyev, are expected to return to Earth around December 20, a week after their originally-scheduled December 13 descent.

The Canadian Space Agency, however, told CBC News it did not have any updates on Saint-Jacques's mission. The malfunction caused one of the rocket's four side boosters to collide with the second stage of the rocket, Sergei Krikalyov said.

The Soyuz rocket used to launch astronauts has three stages, or segments.

Krikalyov on Wednesday reiterated Roskosmos's earlier statements saying that the malfunction was caused by a collision of the first and second stages of the rocket during the first stage separation.

Roscosmos is due to hold a press conference Thursday to further detail the findings of the accident probe.

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