Monday, 19 November, 2018

Russian Soyuz rocket likely to resume manned space flights on Nov 28

Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28: Interfax Astronauts aboard ISS afraid of aborting space launch
Theresa Hayes | 17 October, 2018, 16:00

Yuri Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia said that the incident would not harm US-Russia relations. Contact with a Soyuz rocket's Fregat upper stage was lost past year and in early-2017 payload delivery was said to be damaged on arrival.

In an interview with state Rossiya-24 television, Ovchinin said that "the direction of this (G-force) overload during the descent was from the chest to the back, so imagine that somebody put a big concrete block on your chest that is seven times your weight". Ovchinin could be heard saying: "That was a quick flight".

While going to the International Space Station, American and Russian cosmonauts had to make an emergency landing after malfunctioning occurred in their Russian Soyuz rocket.

Hague said he and Ovchinin, his commander, were flung from side to side and shoved back hard into their seats, as the drama unfolded 50 kilometres (31 miles) above Kazakhstan last Thursday.

The mission was aborted and the crew was rescued from a place near Baikonur, where the astronauts had made the emergency landing.

A preliminary study indicates that one of the rocket's 4 strap-on booster elements failed to properly separate and hit the remaining portion of the main booster.

Hague, 43, said he's dealt with in-flight emergencies during his Air Force career, but nothing like this.

The UAE is still hoping to send its astronaut to space on April 5 next year despite the recent launch failure of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

The CEO of Singapore-based Equatorial Space Industries, Simon Gwozdz, told Khaleej Times that astronauts who are meant to go to the ISS soon should "expect some delays".

Russian Federation had immediately issued a notice shortly after the incident, saying that they had suspended all the future manned space flights for now, and an investigation was on to figure out what went wrong with the Soyuz rocket.

They flew to the orbit taking Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that blasted off on June 6 and they are scheduled to stay onboard the space station for 187 days.