Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure

Sergio Conner
October 12, 2018

Hague and Ovchinin are out of the capsule and are reported to be in good condition.

But the Russian space agency Roscosmos has grounded the Soyuz rockets until a probe has concluded into what caused a Soyuz rocket to show problems shortly after blastoff on Thursday, forcing USA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.

United States astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin were heading to the International Space Station when they had to make an emergency landing due to failure of the booster rockets.

About two minutes after launching, the three-stage Soyuz booster rocket suffered an unspecified failure of its second stage.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said there was an issue with the spacecraft's booster after it took off Thursday from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. After about 20 minutes of uncertainty, Russian officials confirmed the crew were OK, and had landed about 20km east of Dzhezkazgan, a city in central Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz spacecraft launched today was to be the return vehicle for Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, who were to return to Earth on December 13.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, put it more bluntly in his daily conference call with journalists: "Thank God everyone is alive".

The descent was sharper than usual meaning the crew was subjected to a greater G-force, but they have been prepared for this scenario in training, the commentator said.

Android creator is said to build AI phone that texts for you
This time, some more details about the smartphone have been revealed by "people familiar with the matter" in a Bloomberg report. The phone is an AI phone (of course) that can respond to emails, book appointments, and send text messages on its own.

Man charged over USA mid-term elections 'bomb plot'
Sweeney said that "Rosenfeld's alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction". Rosenfeld "concocted a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology by killing himself on the National Mall", U.S.

Kanye West’s monologue leaves President Trump speechless
Trump and West previously appeared together shortly after Trump's 2016 election in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY . He showed the president a video on his phone of a hydrogen-powered plane and said Trump should travel in it.

"We'll see if there's an impact on the launch manifest to the space station", he said from the agency headquarters in Longueuil, Que. Despite its age, the Soyuz platform has been an extremely reliable mode of transportation to space.

The International Space Station in orbit above Earth. However, this could be a problem for the current ISS crew.

It can hold a crew of up to six people and at present has three people aboard, two men - a German and a Russian - as well as one female US astronaut.

Collaboration between the U.S. and Russian space agencies has largely steered clear of geopolitical controversies, despite a standoff between Washington and Moscow that has continued since Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Russian Federation has set up a state commission to investigate the Soyuz booster rocket failure. Cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov separated the capsule and landed safely near the launchpad.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian Space Agency said Thursday it has not received any information about Saint-Jacques' mission and doesn't yet know what the impact will be on his impending launch.

Russian Federation has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets for launching commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station.

Glitches found in Russia's Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh. The Russian space agency also sent 70 rocket engines back to production lines in 2016 to replace broken parts. The leak was quickly repaired, but Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin suggested that the leak was caused by something other than an accident or production defect. Rogozin accused Musk on state television last week of selling seats on SpaceX at below cost to undermine Russia's market share.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER