Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Russian Federation may bring forward manned launch after rocket failure

Russian Federation may bring forward manned launch after rocket failure

The emergency landing could become one of the biggest payouts for Russian insurance firm Soglasie in decades if it turns out to be an insurance case, Soglasie was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

International Space Station (ISS) crew members astronaut Nick Hague of the USA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russian Federation board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018.

Spaceflight historian Gunter Krebs noted on Twitter that the situation reminded him of another Soyuz rocket failure in 1972, when "an in-flight booster failure occurred and the crew was rescued after ballistic re-entry".

USA and Russian space officials said the astronauts were in good condition after enduring gravitational force that was six-to-seven times more than is felt on Earth.

"The boys will certainly fly their mission", Mr Rogozin tweeted, posting a picture in which he sits with the two astronauts on a Moscow-bound plane. The deputy chief of the Russian Federal Medical and Biological Agency, Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov, added that the two astronauts don't need medical assistance are in good health. That mission will now be postponed until early next year, space officials said.

"To keep space separate from the political environment has always been our tradition, and we want to keep that going forward", he said. "We need more data".

Russia's rockets are now the only way to get astronauts to the space station, but all manned flights have been out on hold in the wake of Thursday's accident.

Roscosmos had earlier made a decision to temporarily ground its Soyuz rocket launches until experts can properly assess the situation.

Russian and NASA officials have both said the International Space Station can be operated without crew for an extended time. The ship is set to deliver food and equipment to the space station.

He said that although it had never been done before, the station was equipped to operate without a human presence for long periods of time.

Meanwhile, NASA Administrator Jim Brindenstine and European Space Agency Director General Jan Woerner have offered their assistance in the investigation into the Soyuz booster failure, the report said.

The US and Russian astronaut who were forced to make an emergency landing after a rocket failure will attempt to launch again next spring.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential vote, but they have kept cooperating in space. The launch of Soyuz MS-10 rocket booster was interrupted in the second minute due to an accident in the work of the first rocket engine stage.

"We can both do more in space together than we can ever do alone", Bridenstine said.

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