Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Next Russia's mission to space station may launch on Dec. 3

Next Russia's mission to space station may launch on Dec. 3

Accordingly, Roscosmos (the state-backed corporation managing Russian space missions) said it had taken steps to prevent a repeat and was returning to crewed missions relatively quickly. When asked if there will be a delay on the launch, he said: "We don't have any confirmation as of yet".

It was the third launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia's northern Plesetsk launch pad this year, the military said.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018.

Last week, Russian Federation successfully launched a Soyuz rocket for the first time since the failure.

The camera mounted on the rocket showed the moment of a failed separation of the first and second stages. The two-man crew managed to make it back to Earth safely, but their planned journey to the International Space Station was obviously cut very short.

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As you can see, the launch appears to go quite smoothly up until the point where the two stages are supposed to separate.

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The Russian space agency Roscosmos immediately launched an investigation into the rocket failure.

A top Russian official earlier blamed the failure on a malfunction of a sensor but didn't explain why it didn't work.

Krikalyov stopped short of saying why the sensor had malfunctioned but said the space agency is working to ensure such incidents do not happen again.

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"The cause of the abnormal separation was the failure to open the lid of the exhaust nozzle of the oxidizer tank of the "D" block due to the deformation of the stem of the contact separation sensor committed during assembly of the "package" at the Baikonur Cosmodrome", he said.

Alexander Lopatin, the deputy head of Roscosmos, said that "appropriate law enforcement authorities" will now look into who was responsible for the assembly error.

The crew on board now is Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.

Since then, Nasa has paid Russian Federation for seats on its Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to the station.

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