12 Oct 2018_Campuscad
The astronauts from US and Russia lands safely after the Soyuz rocket booster failure happened after 2 minutes of launch from Baikobur, Kazakhstan on October 11,2018 at 1.55 pm.
American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos were suppose to land on International Space Station (ISS) after 6 hours of launch, but the problem occurred after 2 minutes of start with Soyuz boosters.
It may be due to one of the Soyuz booster detachment with the capsule after first stage completion which triggers the automatic rescue signal and detached the capsule carrying astronauts and pushed toward earth in steep angle. After 30 minutes capsule landed safely on land.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said “thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted” who was present at the launch site.
Russia Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said in a statement “we will provide all the necessary information about what caused the failure.”
Meanwhile, all the trips with the Soyuz rocket booster are cancelled till the investigation conclusion. At present only 3 astronauts(US/Russia/German) are on the ISS and they may need to extend the work by a month before coming back to earth. They have one Soyuz capsule available on ISS to travel to the earth.
Russia’s Soyuz are the only current working rockets and boosters capable to carry the astronauts to the space station.
In the midst of differences between US and Russia over Syria, Ukraine, Russia meddling in the US president election, both the countries compromise on working on ISS.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Blue origin and Elon Musk SpaceX startup also testing the astronauts capsule and may ready to take off by 2019 to reach out ISS.
SpaceX with Boeing are the two private companies today providing cargo supply (payload) to the ISS for every 3 months and the contract is awarded by NASA. (SpaceX is sending 1st Private passenger a Japanese Billionaire to the Orbit )
Soyuz series of spacecraft with boosters and capsule is in the service and developed by Soviet space program for Lunar space exploration in 1960.
NASA said it will operate the ISS from the ground after January 2019, if required with no astronauts on the platform until the testing and checking of Soyuz boosters safety.
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