Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Emergency landing following Soyuz launch failure

Two astronauts make emergency landing after Russian rocket malfunctions during lift-off Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft lifts off from the Baikanur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday | Kirill Kudryavtsev AFP
Elijah Vega | 12 October, 2018, 02:58

And it just goes to show that even the most seemingly routine rocket launch is never all that routine.

Two astronauts made an emergency landing this morning in Kazakhstan after a Russian Soyuz rocket failed while launching them to the International Space Station.

NASA posted pictures of Hague and Ovchinin undergoing a medical check-up at Dzhezkazgan's airport. One of the pictures showed Hague smiling and another had him sitting next to Russia's space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin. Both are reported to be in good condition.

Relations between the US and Russian Federation have been very tense in recent years.

NASA said that rescue teams have reached Hague and Ovchinin and they've been taken out of the capsule and were in good condition.

The US space agency hasn't been wild about using the Russians as a delivery service for years, and so it was with some relief that Uncle Sam's boffins announced contracts with Boeing and SpaceX for commercial crew delivery.

'The capsule is returning via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal. "That means the crew will not be going to the International Space Station today".

A tweet from Roscosmos shows the two astronauts resting comfortably, and looking like they're in good spirits, despite what must have been a hard experience.

Luckily, these crew members will not be stranded on the space station, as they will return to earth in the capsules they traveled to the station in.

A senior Cabinet official says that Russia is suspending manned space launches pending a probe into a Russian booster rocket failure minutes after the launch.

It was a spectacular timelapse video of the launch of Falcon 9
Following stage separation, the first stage of the rocket returned to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg. SpaceX Falcon 9 marked a new milestone by becoming the company's first to take off and land on the USA west coast.

After blasting into the sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the crew was forced to make a unsafe "ballistic re-entry" into Earth's atmosphere. Roscosmos also announced it is forming a commission to investigate the cause of the booster failure.

The incident comes as the USA has been making progress in its quest to end Russia's monopoly on manned flights to the ISS by encouraging private companies to conduct launches. The failure forced Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague to execute an emergency abort and return the few hundred miles to the launch site.

Reuters Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin (R) and USA astronaut Nick Hague (L) disembark from a plane, after the Soyuz spacecraft made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, as they arrive at Baikonur airport, Kazakhstan, Oct. 11, 2018.

The rocket was carrying a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut who had set off for a six-month mission at the International Space Station, on a relatively rare two-man launch.

A transport plane dropped a team of paratroopers to the site to make first contact with the crew, while helicopters were dispatched to pick up the astronauts.

Before launch, Glover made a presentation about the mission, boasting about the reliability of the Russian-made Soyuz rocket the two were to launch in.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

The booster suffered a failure minutes after launch.

Nevertheless, officials in both countries continue to refer to space flight as a rare example of U.S.

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