Russian Soyuz rocket failed due to assembly process component

International Space Station

A new manned space mission is expected to be launched on December 3 while an unmanned Progress cargo spaceship will be sent to the ISS on November 16. When asked if there will be a delay on the launch, he said: "We don't have any confirmation as of yet".

They warned that two other Soyuz rockets could be defective, and said additional checks have been introduced.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague returned safely back to Earth in their capsule.

After the successful emergency landing both the Russian and USA space agencies praised the Soviet-designed rocket, with Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine saying last month that USA astronauts will continue using the Soyuz and praising its "resilience".

Roscosmos is due to hold a press conference Thursday to further detail the findings of the accident probe. Skorobogatov said the Soyuz's central block was hit "in the fuel tank area, causing a depressurization and, as a result, a loss of the space rocket's stabilization".

That mission was originally scheduled for later December, but officials want to bring it forward to ensure the station is not left unmanned in autopilot when its current three-man crew depart for Earth.

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On October 11, a Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with two members of the new crew for the International Space Station on board failed to reach its destination, becoming the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.

Live video of the astronauts inside showed them shaking violently with vibrations caused by the malfunction. The space capsule carrying the two men ripped away from the damaged rocket, then plunged back to Earth.

As you can see, the launch appears to go quite smoothly up until the point where the two stages are supposed to separate.

After investigating the incident, Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, determined that one of the rocket's boosters failed and stuck to the main rocket body instead of peeling off.

A crew crisis at the International Space Station could be averted, with Russia's Roscosmos saying this month's Soyuz launch incident was caused by a sensor failure. Three people remain in orbit: American astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, German ISS Commander Alexander Gerst, and Russian Sergey Prokopyev.

Since then, Nasa has paid Russian Federation for seats on its Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to the station.

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