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Next International Space Station crew on track to start in December

CLOSE A Russian Soyuz rocket launch failed on its way to the International Space Station on Thursday, October 11, 2018.…


A Russian Soyuz rocket launch failed on its way to the International Space Station on Thursday, October 11, 2018. An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are safe.

An international space station crew failed the launch of a Russian rocket less than two weeks ago, unable to delay the next crew launch in December, said NASA boss Jim Bridenstine, Tuesday.

If that time is held, it would reduce the risk that crews might have to abandon the 100 billion circuit for a long time, if at all.

During a national space council meeting led by Vice President Mike Pence, Bridenstine said the investigators believe they understand what shortens the Soyuz-FG missile flight two minutes after the October 11 bombardment from Kazakhstan.

A soyuz capsule with NASA astronaut Nick Haag and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were interrupted from the rocket at a height of 31 miles and landed safely under parachutes in half an hour later.

“We have a really good idea of ​​what the problem is,” says Bridenstine. “We’re very close to understanding it even better, so we can safely start again.”

A three-person crew was scheduled to start December 20th. Bridenstine did not specify a date but said that the next launch was about to happen before Christmas, which suggests little or no delay.

The crew would not change: The first time the NASA flirting Anne McClain, Oleg Konokenko from the Russian space organization and David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space Agency.

The Hague 43, the first member of its astronaut class equipped with spacecraft, is awaiting mission for a later mission.

Meanwhile, the three-person Expedition 57 crew in circulation planned to return home December 13th, but a commission increase seems likely.

Without an extension, an 18-year strike of people living at the station would be broken. NASA says that the outpost can fly uninhabited during a “significant” time if needed.

A NASA spokesman would only confirm that the timetable for the next launch “will be determined after the investigation is complete.”

Early attention focused on a problem when four first gain amplifiers burned and separated from the rocket, with one that obviously caught and hit the second-stage booster that triggered an automatic interruption. 19659008] Bridenstine said that several Soyuz rockets would plan to fly in the next few weeks before the next crew tie, which gave the opportunity to show that the rocket question has been resolved.

“NASA reorganizes, we replicate and we are getting ready to go again,” he said. “In December, we are fully waiting to put our crew on a Russian Soyuz rocket to start the international space station again.”

As the most famous “successful failure” of the Apollo 13 mission in 1970, Bridenstine recently said the Soyuz launch – the first with a crew on board 35, was unsuccessful – was remarkable for its happy ending.

“It was probably the most successful failed launch we could have imagined,” he said. “So for all we are grateful.”

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