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Astronauts will fly again after Soyuz failure


Posted on Friday, 12 October, 2018 | Comment icon 57 comments

It remains unclear what caused the booster failure. Image Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi
NASA has stated that it is still committed to using Russian Soyuz rockets to launch astronauts to the ISS.
The dramatic rocket booster failure that saw Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague make an emergency landing yesterday after an attempted launch to the International Space Station will not stop NASA from participating in future Soyuz missions, it has been revealed.

Speaking in Moscow today, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine hinted that a December launch to the ISS is still expected to go ahead as planned and that the two astronauts are ready to fly again.

He emphasized the "wonderful relationship" between NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos and stated that he had full confidence in the reliability of the Soyuz rockets.

"It's amazing everyone came home safely," he said. "It could have not been good. But it was a very good day when the crews came home alive. The crew were calm when the worst was before them."

"It was a failed mission but a successful flight. Not every mission that fails, ends up so successful."

An investigation in to the exact cause of the booster failure is still ongoing.

Source: BBC News | Comments (57)

Tags: Soyuz, Rocket

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #48 Posted by seanjo on 12 October, 2018, 20:27
I'm guessing from the information in this vid, water ingress, freezing and jamming the valve.  
Comment icon #49 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 October, 2018, 8:39
1.We have a situation where both agencies are run by career politicians. I suspect that they are just reflecting the rhetoric that is occurring between the nations for the time being. The reality is that NASA and Roscosmos continue to need each other for now, so they will continue to cooperate. 2. Crew Dragon (and Boeing's Starliner) will not be ready in time to make any real difference. Both need an unmanned test flight before they can be certified to fly crew. These test flights have been pushed back to early 2019. SpaceX are also scheduled to have a Max-Q abort test of the Crew Dragon befor... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by bmk1245 on 13 October, 2018, 13:04
Well, NASA needs (for a while) Roskosmos, but Roskosmos, managed by "effective manager" Rogozin, needs NASA waaaay more. Shut those ties, and it will be the end of Roskosmos.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 October, 2018, 22:29
Not true. The ISS is constructed in such a way that it requires both sides to operate it. Electrical power is provided by the US side, propulsion to keep the ISS in orbit is provided by the Russian side. If one agency walks away the other can no longer operate the ISS, If Russia abondons the ISS those nice new, shiny spacecraft that Boeing and SpaceX are building for NASA will have no where to go. Roscosmos, on the other hand, are in partnership with China (as are ESA). When China launches it's space station their is a good chance that it will be visited by Russian cosmonauts, launched from Ru... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by bmk1245 on 14 October, 2018, 10:50
ISS is just one bit of Roskosmos' income. Cut all ties (and in technology sense), and russkie space industry will meet its end.
Comment icon #53 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 November, 2018, 22:49
How so? The Russian space survived pretty well before the ISS. It does not, and never has, relied on the USA (although it is true that the ISS was certainly helpful when the Russian space programme was poorly funded back in the early days of the cooperation). Roscosmos has cooperative agreements with ESA, China, JAXA and the UAE space agency. Like NASA the ISS is not the only  programme it is involved with. The premature ending of the ISS would certainly hurt Roscosmos, as it would NASA, JAXA and ESA, but it would not end the Russian space programme.
Comment icon #54 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 November, 2018, 23:10
Crewed Soyuz flights set to resume after Russia blames close call on final-assembly error  
Comment icon #55 Posted by bmk1245 on 10 November, 2018, 11:39
Well, maybe not the end in the sense of full end, but stagnation and decline. And its not just about ISS. New technologies may fall under US sanctions on dual-purpose goods, and that can hurt Roscosmos in big way. BTW, kazakhs, one of the best allies of Russia, chose SpaceX to launch their satellites. Thats freakin' wake-up call/bucket of cold water for russkies.
Comment icon #56 Posted by toast on 10 November, 2018, 19:52
On that single flight, the Falcon9 will carry 70 (seven-zero) satellite into orbit so SpaceX was able to offer a price thats ways below competing companies tariffs. Thats the modus operandi of Elon: reduce costs by big payload volume per unit/lift-up and by the use of reusable carriers = reduce costs for the clients.
Comment icon #57 Posted by bmk1245 on 11 November, 2018, 11:52
Yeah, I know that. Anyway, few years ago russkies laughed at Musks idea of reusable rockets, nowadays they are claiming that was their idea OT, famed equation "derived" by Tsiolkovsky, was derived by William Moore and William Leich waaay before Tsiolkovsky.


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