According to NASA’s conclusions, the error was caused by a bending separation contact sensor, damaged during the assembly of the beams, preventing a nozzle lid from opening and separating one of the boosters. As a result, it hit the core stage and triggered the decompression that sent the rocket out of control.
Soyuz has launched four times successfully since the accident. But only one of these launches was in the same version of the rocket that failed on October 1
1th: known as Soyuz FG. The launch of Russia’s space operations held its “Progress” capsule in circulation. It was hailed as a sign that Soyuz once again used to space astronauts into space, leading us to today’s launch.
NASA will live the process from kl. 30:30 ET, with the launch to take place from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan one hour later. The astronauts Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenkoof of Roscosmos will be Soyuz’s crew this time.
Trio’s six-hour trip will take four courses of the ground before docking the rocket to the ISS & Pointers module at 12.35. Just under two hours pass until the crew embark on the station, where the current crew (Expedition 57) will greet them. Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques will then be the Expedition 58 crew when ISS’s current residents resign to Earth on 20 December.