Local space expert talks about implications of terrifying Soyuz rocket launch failure

Oct 14, 2018, 15:34
Local space expert talks about implications of terrifying Soyuz rocket launch failure

Rescue teams near the Soyuz capsule that carried US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin after an emergency landing in central Kazakhstan Oct. 11, 2018.

The rocket, carrying an American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, began to plummet to earth about two minutes into the six-hour mission due to what launch controllers initially called a "vehicle malfunction".

Roscosmos pledged to fully share all relevant information on the failed launch with NASA, which pays up to $82 million per Soyuz seat to the space station. In a statement, Bridenstine promised "a thorough investigation" into the cause of the October 11 aborted launch.

"Confirming again that the today's Soyuz MS10 launch did go into a ballistic re-entry mode a little bit after its launch", Dean said during live television commentary.

The International Space Station in orbit above Earth.

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Instead NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin returned to Earth in a ballistic return of their capsule from an altitude of over 30 miles.

Russian news reports indicated that one of the rocket's four first-stage engines might have failed to jettison in sync with others, resulting in the second stage's shutdown.

Since the US scrapped its space shuttle program in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian Federation to send its astronauts up to the space station.

Veteran cosmonaut Krikalyov said that "in theory" the ISS could remain unmanned but added Russian Federation would do "everything possible not to let this happen". On board the spacecraft were Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin (the commander of the Soyuz MS-10) and NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

The crew will spend a day in hospital in Baikonur for medical checks, Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying.

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After their rescue, Hague and Ovchinin were set to be airlifted to a space flight training center outside of Moscow. The agency said the rescue crews were preparing to return them to Moscow, and Roscosmos released still images of the two crew members receiving medical evaluation in Kazakhstan.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully. During the live broadcast of the launch, narration from Mission Control suggested that the booster failed to separate from the Soyuz capsule.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the United States space shuttle fleet.

This morning's emergency landing, however, reached 6.7Gs, according to The Verge, while a normal controlled descent only hits about 4Gs. Russian activities in Ukraine, charges of interfering in the US presidential election of 2016 and the conflict in Syria are some of the main issues. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the weird hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station.

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