Posted in: November 16, 2018
MOSC (AP) Russian missile Soyuz successfully launched on Friday with a cargo ship to the International Space Station, preparing the ground for the arrival of the next track crew.
The launch of the Russian MS-10 Russian tanker from Baikonur in Kazakhstan was Soyuz's fourth successful launch since a manned launch was needed last month.
The Soyuz-FG rocket with astronauts Nick Hague of NASA and Aleksei Ovczyn of Marscosmos failed after two minutes on October 11, and operated an automatic rescue system that allowed the capsule to land safely.Russian investigation attributed the failure to the sensor that occurs during the final assembly of the rocket .
It was the first time that the Russian space program had been forced to stop manning since 1983, when the two Soviet cosmonauts had been ejected by the emergency system after an explosion on the launch pad and had landed safely. Today, the Soyuz spacecraft is the only vehicle that can lead teams to the space station.
Since the October incident, two Soyuz missiles have been successfully launched from Plzetsk in northwestern Russia, and a third have flown from French Guiana to orbit satellites. They were another sub-type of rocket that failed in October, but the one launched on Friday is of the same version.
The spacecraft must progress together with the space station on Sunday to provide nearly three tons of food, fuel, water and other equipment to the crew of NASA's Aunon-chancellor, Russian Sergey Prokopyev and German Alexander Gerst.
The team is expected to return to Earth next month, when its replacements arrive. He is supposed to send astronauts Ann McClane from the United States, David Sanzak of Canada and Oleg Kononenko from Russia on December 3.
On Thursday, from the Star City training center on the outskirts of Moscow, McClane expressed confidence in Soyuz despite his failed launch in October.
We rely on our rockets. We're ready to fly, he said.