Crew Rescued After Russian ISS Launch Fails

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 12, 2018

NASA said rescuers reached the crew of astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin after they landed in Kazakhstan, and both were in good condition.

The pair lifted off as scheduled at 2.40pm local time from the Baikonur cosmodrome on a Soyuz booster rocket.

The problem came as the rocket was traveling about 4,700 miles per hour (7,563 kph), just 119 seconds into the voyage, according to NASA.

The rare failed launch of the Soyuz rocket is the latest and most grave problem to beset U.S.

Russia's Interfax news agency had said the crew is in good condition and require no immediate medical help while NASA had earlier said help is on the way.

"We have a lot of things planned through the rest of the fall and the winter, and that's all just being reassessed right now", Sam Scimemi, NASA's director for the International Space Station, told Reuters.

"That was a short flight".

Shortly before this writing, NASA published a statement that gave us further insight into what went wrong and the rescue mission that ensured Ovchinin and Hague were safe. Both are safe after parachuting back to the ground. But as the Soyuz is now the only way we have to get humans into space, this means new crew can't be sent to the ISS until Roscosmos is confident the issue has been identified and resolved. There has only ever been one other launch mishap with the Soyuz, in Mongolia in 1975, according to CBS. Even if the Russian government was content with a truncated investigation, Soyuz MS-11 will have an American and Canadian aboard, so NASA and CSA would surely want time to review the findings themselves.

Russia's Investigative Committee said a criminal probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, causing major damage.

"Officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", it said in a statement. Yet Soyuz MS-10 had to abort the space mission after the booster's malfunction.

While the initial launch at 04:40am ET was successful, the problem with the booster soon became apparent.

Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov survived a fire during launch in Kazakhstan in 1983.

"Following the test flights, NASA will review the performance data and resolve issues as necessary to certify the systems for operational missions", the United States space agency said last week.

It comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage.

The Russian space program has suffered several failures in recent years.

Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin said he was forming a state commission to investigate what caused the failure.

Before launch, Glover made a presentation about the mission, boasting about the reliability of the Russian-made Soyuz rocket the two were to launch in.

"It's a dramatic situation but it was possible to avoid a very much worse turn of events", he said in televised remarks.

All trips to the ISS and back are undertaken using Russian spacecraft, as has been the case since the Americans retired their shuttles in 2011.

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