Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

NASA official: Tense moments but calm crew in aborted launch

ISS launch,Soyuz rocket,rocket snag ISS: Space rocket declares emergency after launch – astronauts parachute out | Daily Star
Sandra Phillips | 13 October, 2018, 08:12

NASA's Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin blasted off to the International Space Station from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, but their Soyuz rocket failed two minutes after the launch, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. "The investigation is ongoing, Russian Federation has been very supportive of sharing data with the United States and we're grateful for that".

Thursday's accident was the first serious launch problem experienced by a manned Soyuz space mission since 1983, when a crew narrowly escaped before an explosion on the launchpad. So if the mission is extended, it'll only be by a few weeks. "He was very amusing", he said. Hadfield said Thursday's developments meant they would know they are "in for the long haul".

ISS operations integration manager Kenny Todd described the incident as a "major anomaly" and said he had "every confidence our Russian colleagues will figure out what's going on".

The Interfax news agency on Friday cited a source familiar with the Russian investigation as saying that an important valve had failed to open due to a faulty firing cartridge.

Wiseman said although crews are always ready for potential issues, "certainly there is a bit of shock in there for a moment, but communication with the crew was extremely professional". More importantly, the incident could have easily been a nightmare for the space program - another Challenger. The hole cause a small oxygen leak while hooked up to the ISS.

He said he had also spoken to USA astronaut Nick Hague who appeared in high spirits despite the ordeal.

Until the investigations are completed, there will be no official information about what caused the rocket's failure to carry the crew to orbit.

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Two spacewalks planned for later this month have been postponed indefinitely, as Mr Hague was supposed to be one of the spacewalkers.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing +.

"The boys will certainly fly their mission", Rogozin tweeted, posting a picture in which he sits with the two astronauts aboard a Moscow-bound plane. "We are planning their flight for the spring of next year".

The launch failure raises questions about the continued reliability of Russia's Soyuz launch system, which lost a cargo spacecraft at the end of 2016 and sent a Soyuz capsule with a hole in it to the ISS earlier this year. Rogozin is likely trying to save face amid the current embarrassment.

Hague and Ovchinin arrived on October 12 at the Russian space center for medical checks following the failed launch.

"I hope that the American side will treat it with understanding", he said.

Three people are now aboard the space station: a German, a Russian and an American. The men planned to replace the batteries at the U.S. module.

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