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ISS Crew Launch Failure

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The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft was launched from Baikonur around 17 minutes ago. However the crew, comprising of Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

The crew have reported a problem with the Soyuz-FG booster and are attempting an emergency landing. 

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Waspie_Dwarf

This is the first crewed Soyuz launch failure since 1975. On that occasion the crew survived. Here's hoping for the same out come this time.

Recovery crews are on the way to the predicted landing zone.

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Waspie_Dwarf

NASA and Roscosmos reporting that the crew have landed and are alive and in contact.

Rescue crews are 90 minutes from the crew.

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Habitat

Hopefully that news is right, that they have made a safe landing, must be in a very remote place, though.

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8 minutes ago, Habitat said:

Hopefully that news is right, that they have made a safe landing, must be in a very remote place, though.

According to NASA they are 12 miles, east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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Habitat

Would that capsule have the use of the same means normally used in a landing ?

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Waspie_Dwarf

With Soyuz presumablygrounded for a while and both SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner delayed yet again then there is currently no way to launch a new crew to the ISS.

I suspect that the current 3 person crew will see their mission extended, but with only 3 on board instead of 5 there will be a deduction in the amount of science that can be carried out. 

If Soyuz has not returned to flight before this crew has to return home there may need to be a temporary abandonment of the ISS.

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14 minutes ago, Habitat said:

Would that capsule have the use of the same means normally used in a landing ?

Yes, but it will have followed a ballistic profile subjecting the crew to higher than normal g-forces.

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Habitat

Hopefully they got away with it, one assumes the launch path is across open, relatively flat terrain, if they landed on a mountainside, it could be ugly.

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4 minutes ago, Habitat said:

Hopefully they got away with it, one assumes the launch path is across open, relatively flat terrain, if they landed on a mountainside, it could be ugly.

They are in contact with ground crews and unhurt.

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Live Feed:

 

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Habitat

TV channel Russia Today has unconfirmed preliminary reports that one of the four first stage rockets hit the second stage causing it to lose pressure.

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Waspie_Dwarf

Search and rescue teams have reached the crew and are reporting that they are in good condition. 

That's a hell of a first flight for Nick Hague.

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Habitat

Now Russia Today saying the condition of the two crew is "not too good".

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Habitat

Further update, an alternate theory the failure was caused one of the booster rocket "blocks" as they called it, not detaching at the same time as the others. The build factory about to come under some heavy-duty scrutiny.

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RoofGardener

Has there been any precedent for this event ? A an aborted launch with the astronauts returning to earth ? 

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1 minute ago, RoofGardener said:

Has there been any precedent for this event ? A an aborted launch with the astronauts returning to earth ? 

See post #2

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11 minutes ago, RoofGardener said:

Has there been any precedent for this event ? A an aborted launch with the astronauts returning to earth ? 

5th April 1975 during an attempt to launch Soyuz 18. The abort happened later in the mission than this. The second stage failed to fully seperated from the third and an abort occurred. The crew landed safely. 

26th September 1983 a fire broke out at the base of the launch vehicle attempting to launch the Soyuz T-10 crew. The launch escape system was fired around 90 seconds before launch and pulled the crew to safety. The launch vehicle was destroyed. 

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1 hour ago, Habitat said:

Now Russia Today saying the condition of the two crew is "not too good".

Roscosmos have released photos of the crew. They are uninjured. 

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RoofGardener

That is fantastic ! 

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Jon the frog

Wow, good that they have a working plan-b in case of failure ! Someone know if the capsule float in water ?

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8 minutes ago, Jon the frog said:

Someone know if the capsule float in water ?

Yes it does. In 1976 Soyuz 23 landed on an icy lake. Due to fog and other issues it took 9 hours to rescue the crew.

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Derek Willis

How long will it be before the conspiracy theorists claim it was sabotage? There is plenty traffic on the internet saying the hole in the Soyuz docked with the ISS was made by a saboteur. 

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21 minutes ago, Derek Willis said:

How long will it be before the conspiracy theorists claim it was sabotage? There is plenty traffic on the internet saying the hole in the Soyuz docked with the ISS was made by a saboteur. 

Fact is: we dont know yet.

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seanjo

Anyone else got that little hole drilled on purpose in mind?

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