Russia hopes to launch three crews to the International Space Station on December 3, the first manned explosion since an…
Russia hopes to launch three crews to the International Space Station on December 3, the first manned explosion since an accident this month, Roscosmos Space Agency said Wednesday.
Russia, the only country that can fly astronauts to the groundbreaking science laboratory, suspended all launches after a Soyuz rocket failed on October 11 only a few minutes after the outbreak – the first such event in the history of post-Soviet space travel.
Roskosmos Executive Director Sergei Krikalyov told RIA Novosti State News Agency: “The industry is now making considerable efforts to move forward until 3 December.”
On the rocket intended for ISS, the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, the Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA’s Anne McClain.
The trio was originally planned to burst on December 20th, but had its journey forward after the failed October 1
1 launch with Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Haag of NASA on board.
Ovchinin and The Hague returned safely back to Earth in their capsule and are likely to go to the space station in the spring, says Roscosmo’s chief Dmitry Rogozin.
Krikalyov said that astronauts currently on ISS – Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA’s Serena Aunon Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev from Roscosmos – are expected to be back on earth “around 20 December.”
Originally planned to land on December 13, following their efforts on the ISS, a joint project of space organizations in America, Europe, Russia, Japan and Canada.
Meanwhile, an unmanned Progress cargo ship will blow off to ISS on November 16 after launch launching October 30th due to the accident investigation, Krikalyov said.
– Sensor failure –
In the first official report on the cause of the accident, Roscosmos said a sensor indicating the separation of the two first steps in the rocket that is not working properly.
The rocket of the Soyuz radar takes up the astronauts in three stages or segments. The first stage of four boosters is used to blow the rocket to the sky before falling back to earth, while the second and third stages continue the journey.
“The reason that the Commission (investigation of the accident) found the abnormal operation of a sensor that signals the separation of the first and second stages, Krikalyov said at a space industry event in Moscow.
The error led to one of the four Boosters in the first step failed to loosen properly and collided with a fuel tank in the second stage that exploded.
– Blow to image –
The accident was the first involved a manned launch since the Soviet era and gave another blow to the image of Russia’s space program after joking lost satellites and an unmanned cargo ship 2015.
Russia has opened a criminal probe in a possible breach of security rules in construction.
Roscosmos director Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister and nationalist politician, was shown dress signing down the space industry officials in a video released by RIA Novosti Wednesday.
“Listen guys you can not work like this. “Rogozin says in the film, as an official said was shot last week at a meeting to discuss issues with Soyuzraket. The director threatened to hold back bonus fees.
Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov also criticized the space sector Wednesday for “very high” costs and had “a lot of managers”.
Roscosmos is due to hold a press conference on Thursday to further detail the results of the accident probe.
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