Posted in: November 16, 2018
MOSC (AP) Russian rocket Soyuz successfully launched a cargo ship that entered the International Space Station on Friday, is preparing a basis for the arrival of future orbital crews.
The launch of the Russian MS-10 MS-10 from Cosmodrome Baikonur in Kazakhstan was the fourth successful launch of "Sojuz", as last year's start-up was necessary to break last month.
The rocket Soyuz-FG with astronauts Nick Hague of NASA and Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos launched an automatic rescue system after two minutes of the 11th of October, which enabled the capsule to safely land. The Russian investigation attributes the failure of the sensor that occurs during the final assembly of the rocket.
This was the first opportunity that the Russian space program had to discontinue the crew business since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts were released after an explosion on the launch platform and also managed to land safely. At present, the Soyuz spacecraft is the only vehicle capable of transporting crews to the space station.
Since the October incident, two vessels from Soyuz have been successfully carried out from Plesetsk, in the northwest of Russia, and the third from the French Guiana, orbiting the satellites. They were a different subtype from the rocket, which fell in October, but the one that started on Friday is from the same version.
The Progress Space Spacecraft must be connected to the Space Station on Sunday, with Serene Aunon-Chancellor from NASA, Russian Sergei Prokopov and German Alexander Gerst delivering nearly three tons of food, fuel, water and other supplies.
The team is expected to return to Earth next month when their swaps come in. The astronauts Anne McClain of the United States, David Saint-Jacques from Canada and Oleg Kononenko from Russia on December 3, have to be made.
On Thursday, from the Star City Space Center on the outskirts of Moscow, McClain expressed confidence in Soyuz despite the unsuccessful beginning of October.
We trust our rockets. We're ready to fly, he said.