Soyuz Successfully Launched Into Orbit, Says Russia's Space Agency

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 3, 2018

Russia's space agency Roscosmos has now successfully launched five Soyuz rockets since the incident, and does not believe there is a chance of the failure repeating.

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is now the only organisation transporting astronauts to the ISS after Nasa ended its space shuttle flights in 2011.

David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency gestures as he boards the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft shortly before the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 3, 2018.

Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev, who is now onboard the space station, are also scheduled for a spacewalk to examine the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from the outside.

Three space travellers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow for a six-and-a-half month mission.

October's accident had highlighted the "smart design of the Soyuz and the incredible work that the search and rescue people here on the ground are ready to do every launch", he said.

Investigators blamed a faulty sensor which they said had been damaged during assembly at the Kazakh site.

Soyuz Successfully Launched Into Orbit, Says Russia's Space Agency
Soyuz Successfully Launched Into Orbit, Says Russia's Space Agency

The drama added tension to the Monday launch, but it appears Russian space engineers double-checked everything before giving it the go-ahead.

CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his children from a bus prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket.

It will be the first flight for both McClain and Saint-Jacques and the fourth for Kononenko.

Saint-Jacques joked that he had received so much training ahead of the flight "that I felt at the end that I could build a Soyuz in my backyard".

She has said that training to spacewalk was similar to rugby since it demands "grit, toughness, mental focus, and more".

Russia-US cooperation in space has remained one of the few areas not affected by a crisis in ties between the former Cold War enemies.

The launch will be a test for Russia's space industry, which has suffered several high-profile crashes in recent years but remains the only reliable way to deliver crew members to the orbiting station.

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