'We will fly again': Nasa to keep using Russia's Soyuz despite failure

14 October, 2018, 05:31 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, was speaking a day after Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Hague made a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan after the failure of the Soyuz rocket carrying them to the orbital ISS.

Operations are also underway to address the problems which caused the Soyuz rocket to malfunction on its way to the International Space Station.

"Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. Russian space agency Roscosmos confirmed several minutes later that Hague and Ovchinin had been forced to abort the launch and escape the failing booster in the Soyuz capsule.

The Soyuz-FG rocket, with the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft atop, lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:40 p.m. local time (4:40 a.m. EDT / 8:40 GMT) on October 11. The station's supplies of oxygen, food and other consumables would be enough to last the astronauts for years, Hadfield said.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said, "Thank God the crew is alive" after they had landed safely. "We rely heavily on the crew", he said.

Appearing at times emotional, he said he was "confident" a new manned mission to the International Space Station would go ahead as planned in December, praising the "wonderful relationship" between the Russian and United States space agencies.

It's been a rough few months for space travel, as today's failure follows another recent incident aboard the International Space Station.


In statements by both Russian Federation and NASA the crew is said to be in "good condition", and no serious injuries have been reported.

Russia's RIA news agency reported that Russian Federation has immediately suspended all manned space launches after the failure.

"I strongly believe we're going to get the right answer to what caused the hole on the International Space Station and that together we'll be able to continue our strong collaboration", Bridenstine said on a visit to Moscow this week, according to the Associated Press.

The emergency landing could become one of the biggest payouts for Russian insurance firm Soglasie in decades if it turns out to be an insurance case, Soglasie was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. The crew was quickly recovered and were reported in good condition.

It was an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme and a criminal investigation is now under way to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction. The trio is now scheduled to return home in December, and they're well supplied with food and water, said Kenny Todd, NASA's ISS operations integration manager, at a press briefing held yesterday.

A Russian "state commission" has been formed to investigate the rocket failure.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield told Euronews the three people now on the station (Alexander Gerst, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev) are essentially stuck there until a spaceship can be launched to get them.

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