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The Russians move fast. After one of its rocket malfunctions in the previous month, triggering an automatic interruption, Roscosmos, the country’s space agency says that it knows what happened and how to fix it. Instead of delaying the next flight with the astronauts – originally scheduled for December 20th – it will launch the launch until 3 December.
Safe on its Russian counterpart, NASA has written down on this. And Anne McClain, the American astronaut, is next to the fly crash, says she’s ready to go in and go. “I would have come to Soyuz the next day,” she told reporters Friday.
On October 11, a Russian Soyuz rocket led a failure of less than three minutes in flight when one of the side guides failed to divorce properly and entered the rocket.
Roscosmos said that the accident was caused by a “deformed” sensor damaged during the rocket assembly which caused the booster separation problem. Since the accident, Russia has flown Soyuz three times without manning successfully, restoring confidence in the system.
In an interview Friday, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said that Roscosmos has been “very transparent. They have shared all of the data we need to be comfortable and convinced that we understand the problem and that it has become loose. “
He said the flight was moved to” get our crew up there as soon as possible “since the last mission failed. Scott Kelly, the former NASA astronaut who spent almost a year in space, said it was sensible considering that two out of three crew members on the next flight were “rookies” who had never been in space. Getting to the station early would “give the crew time to make an effective transfer,” he said. “I could see why they would like to move that flight earlier if they could certainly do it.”
The last task was seen in NASA as a “very successful failed launch”, as Bridenstine said, as the crew returned to the ground for sure. After the booster collided with the rocket, the spacecraft immediately away from the rocket that held the astronauts – a Russian, an American – on a game trip near the edge of space.
During the flight, the couple hit back in their seat, they experienced 7 Gs or seven times the force of gravity. NASA astronaut Nick Haag recently told reporters the first thing he noticed “sharply shaken from side to side. The alarm sounded, a light flashed and” when I saw the light, I knew we had an emergency booster. “
The Hague and his Russian counterpart, Alexey Ovchinin, were also immediately found by the rescue team, a much better result than an unknown launch interrupted in 1975 when the Soviet Union cosmonauts landed in a distant part of eastern Russia on the snowy slope of a mountain and almost tumbled by a cliff. (They were placed one day later . ) But even when interruptions go right, they should not happen in the first place. This was dangerous close to what is known in the space industry lingo as a “bad day space. “Space travel is risky, but NASA and its partners are trying to reduce the risk.
It seems to be a” simple assembly error they did as they put the rocket together, “said Wayne Hale, who served as NASA’s former spacecraft program manager. “It has nothing to do with the basic design.”
The accident follows the discovery of a small drilled hole of mysterious origin in one section.
The hole is subject to a separate study of Roscosmos. The Russians have floated the idea of sabotage. The hole had been lumpy patched after it had been created, and when the patch failed, a little leak of air from the station triggered alarm. The hole has since been patched again and is not considered to be a threat to Soyuz’s re-entry because it is part of a spacecraft jettisoned in space.
The two anomalies – the launch error and the Soyuz hole – are almost certainly unrelated, according to industry experts. But this is a company that wants the current number of discrepancies being investigated to be zero, not two.
Bridenstine said that this issue arose “raises questions” but did not want to comment until the survey was completed.  The incidents also serve as a reminder that Soyuz is the only way people can come to the International Space Station. If soyuz were to be landed for a long time, NASA and its partners may temporarily leave the station.
“I would not risk the crew risking the crew,” said Mike Suffredini, President and CEO of Axiom Space, which develops private space stations.
Similarly, a security adviser in NASA said last month that, with the will to stay on plan, “there is potential for the workforce – striving to meet unrealistic dates and push to” continue with it “- will divide the sound decision making as proposed launch strategies. “
McClain said she was confident that Roscosmos had solved the problem by asking” the three key questions: What happened? Why did it happen? And how do we see that it does not happen again? No one would give a green light until the three questions were answered. “
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