Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

First Crewed Soyuz Rocket Goes to Space After Aborted Mission

A Soyuz rocket takes flight A Soyuz rocket takes
Theresa Hayes | 05 December, 2018, 14:44

Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a flawless launch that follows October's aborted mission.

I'm grateful to Director General Dmitry Rogozin and the entire @NASA and @roscosmos teams for their dedication to making this launch a success.

American astronaut Anne McClain joined Canada's David Saint-Jacques and Russia's Oleg Kononenko aboard the rocket that launched from the Baikonur spaceport in the desert of Kazakhstan on Monday.

They escaped unharmed but the failed launch - the first such incident in Russia's post-Soviet history - raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques blasted off from Kazakhstan this morning aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.

Cosmonaut Kononenko said on Sunday, Dec. 2, during a press conference, that he "absolutely" trusts the flight plan.

"We are psychologically and technically prepared for blastoff and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board", the 54-year-old said.

Less than half an hour ago from the Baikonur cosmodrome launched the manned spacecraft "Soyuz".

The families of the crew, other astronauts and space officials from several nations breathed a sigh of relief Monday after observing the flawless launch, with October's rocket failure still on the minds of many.

But the rocket launch on Monday went smoothly.

McClain Saint-Jacques and Kononenkoof before launch
McClain Saint-Jacques and Kononenkoof before

"Well, we have to loop around the earth", McClain said, adding "I'll be over Seattle in about the time it'll take you get back from the buses".

This was the first time people rode on one of the Russian rockets since October 11, when two and a half minutes after takeoff, one of the Soyuz MS-10's four boosters broke off, sending the aircraft spinning out of control.

Russian Federation said last month the launch of the Soyuz rocket failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

During their mission, members of the crew are scheduled to embark on a spacewalk to further probe a mysterious hole that caused a loss of air pressure on-board the ISS in August.

This is the first spaceflight for both McClain and Saint-Jacques and the fourth trip to the space station for Kononenko.

McClain, 39, served in Iraq and has represented the United States in women's rugby.

Welcome to Space! The trio is now safely in orbit and solar arrays have successfully deployed on their Soyuz spacecraft.

Russian Federation suspended all manned space launches pending an investigation before giving the green light November 1.

Next year, however, Russian Federation will see intense worldwide competition.