On 11 October the Russian carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG” unexpectedly failed during the launch of the flight to the International space station that two members of the crew – American Nick Hague and the Russian Alexey Ovchinin – made a forced landing at 300 kilometers from the Baikonur cosmodrome. While NASA is trying to deal with the causes of the incident, which dealt a blow to cooperation between the two countries in space.
As noted by Der Spiegel, it was the first time in decades, the time in Russian technology for manned space flight, which in principle is a reliable, significant problem – before that, this happened only during unmanned flight.
The reliability of rockets “Soyuz-FG” this was one hundred percent in 60 runs.
The negative consequences of falling of a rocket “Soyuz” for the United States and Russia
Now the carrier rocket “Soyuz” is the only aircraft that allows you to fly a man into space and to supply the station with food, so the problem with the “Union” is likely to cause substantial harm to the research work on the ISS, where the crew of three, headed by German astronaut Alexander Hurst, suggests the author of the publication.
According to Le Temps, three astronauts arrived at the station on June 6 aboard the “Soyuz MS-9”, the orbital resource which is 200 days. Thus, the crew must return to Earth before the end of the year. If the cause of failure of the carrier rocket “Union” will not investigate and will not correct until that time, it is possible that the ISS will be without food for an indefinite period, said the Swiss newspaper.
This (unsuccessful launch rocket “Soyuz” – “24”) a new test for Russian-American cooperation in space
– the newspaper concludes, adding that on the long-term cooperation between the two countries in the space sector and geopolitical impact of the difficulties caused, in particular, the occupation of Crimea by Moscow and accusations of meddling in the American presidential election in 2016.
What will happen to the flights to the ISS
The Washington Post Recalling the dramatic events of Thursday writes that the American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin flew half-way into space and then suddenly began to move in the other direction. According to NASA, back they fell 50 kilometers, and after landing, they quickly discovered a rescue team that took men to the spaceport, where they held their emotional meeting with the families.
Now Alexey Ovchinin (left) and Nick Haig are in a satisfactory condition
The failure of the launch vehicle “Soyuz” has caused a stir in NASA continues the American edition, because the accident actually puts an end to all flights between the Americans and Russians into space until the completion of the investigation of causes and circumstances of what happened. After the cessation of flights on the space shuttles NASA for seven years used Russian missile technology to deliver Americans to the space station and their return to Earth.
Crash “Union” creates a huge burden on NASA and Boeing and SpaceX that it hopes the U.S. space Agency will send astronauts to the ISS. NASA recently announced that neither one nor the other the company this year will not make even unmanned test flight and the first flight with astronauts on Board can take place no earlier than mid-2019.
We would like to have more than one operating system, and now they have, by my count, exactly zero
commented for WP ex-Deputy Director of NASA Lori Garver.
“You may recall the decisions that were taken – the refusal of the Shuttle, the Congress decision to allocate funding in the early years of commercial flight, for which Boeing and SpaceX have been delays. Looking back, I feel that it was unwise decision”, – stated the expert on space policy John Logsdon.