Astronauts survive emergency landing after booster fails on Russian rocket

Pablo Tucker
October 13, 2018

Experts concluded that a software programmer forgot to change the launch coordinates.

Four helicopters have taken off from Kazakh bases to search for the Soyuz crew, according to RIA news agency citing local officials.

The crash comes after Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin accused Elon Musk of conspiring with the Pentagon to force other players out of the space industry and suggested that worldwide astronauts had sabotaged the ISS by drilling the hole found in its hull. Hague is an Air Force Colonel who completed his astronaut training in 2015.

While Russian rockets had earned a stellar reputation for their reliability in the past, a string of failed launches in recent years has called into doubt Russia's ability to maintain the same high standards of manufacturing.

Historically, failures have plagued many launch vehicles.

The Soyuz FG rocket used in the launch malfunctioned just two minutes after liftoff in Kazakhstan. From the optimistic vantage point of the past, we were supposed to have space stations on the Moon and Mars by now.


In the meantime, the absence of a government-run manned space program, plus other technological advances, has helped spur a rush by private US companies to develop their own launch technologies. NASA also said in a statement that "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully", and that a "thorough investigation" will be conducted.

Still, even with the push for private space travel, there have been warnings about more delays.

The Russian space agency said on Friday it may bring forward the launch of the next mission to the ISS.

Russia says it is suspending manned space launches pending a probe into a Russian booster rocket failure, raising questions about the fate of an upcoming launch that included a Canadian astronaut.

China has successfully put its astronauts into orbit, but its space program is still in relative infancy.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the USA space shuttle fleet. The agency is waiting for the tests early next year of two commercial rockets, by SpaceX and Boeing. He added that Russian Federation will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.


NASA has also suffered a number of launch failures over the years. "'I hope they get down safe.' That was the only thing going through my mind".

Roscosmos promised to share all relevant information with NASA, which pays up to $82 million per Soyuz seat to the space station.

Bridenstine was on site at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the launch, his first time at the facility as head of the agency.

NASA said it was dusting off plans which would allow it to operate the space station without a crew.

Commander Alexander Gerst was ready to welcome two new astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) - but ended up looking on helplessly as a catastrophic rocket failure sent the incoming crew falling back to Earth.

Doomed: The rocket booster with space ship blasts offabout.


It was the first such incident in Russia's post-Soviet history - an unprecedented setback for the country's space industry. "The ISS works like a huge bureaucratic institute, and Russian Federation can be equal to the United States in this bureaucracy".

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