A Russian Soyuz rocket put a military satellite in circulation on Thursday, its first successful launch since a similar rocket…
A Russian Soyuz rocket put a military satellite in circulation on Thursday, its first successful launch since a similar rocket failed earlier this month to deliver a crew to the International Space Station.
The Russian military said a Soyuz-2-booster rocket lifted off from Plesetsk launching plant in northwestern Russia.
A soyuz-FG rocket with NASA astronaut Nick Haag and Roscosmos Alexei Ovchinin failed two minutes in the flight on October 11th and sent his emergency capsule to a sharp decline to the ground. The crew landed safely, but the Russian space organization Roscosmos had interrupted all Soyuz launches until Thursday, pending a probe.
The official panel is not yet to produce its formal verdict, but investigators have allegedly linked to the fact that there was no element of the rocket’s four side pillars from the capital which apparently had been damaged during final assembly at the Russian-linked Baikonur Cosmo Room in Kazakhstan.
Russian space officials plan to conduct two other unmanned Soyuz launches before launching a crew to the space station. No date for crew launch has yet been established, but it is expected in early December.
The current space station crew ̵
1; NASA’s Serena Aunon Chancellor, Russian Sergei Prokopyev and German Alexander Gerst – were scheduled to return to Earth in December after a six-month mission. A Soyuz capsule attached to the station that they use to go back to earth is designed for 200 days in space, meaning that their stay in circulation can only be extended briefly.
Flight controllers can use the station without anyone on board The Russian investigation is coming in next year, but NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has said earlier this month that he expects Roscosmos to start the next crew in December.
The spacecraft’s Russian Soyuz is currently the only vehicle to carry crew to the space station after the departure of the US spacecraft fleet. Russia stands for losing the monopoly with the arrival of SpaceX’s Dragon and Boeings Starliner Crew Caps.
The launch failed with another blow to the Russian space program, which has been subdued by a series of failed satellite launches in recent years. The accident on October 11 marked the first canceled manned launch for the Russian space program since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts jettisoned and landed safely after an explosion spray.