Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28

Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28

Kenneth Drake
October 14, 2018

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, October 11 (2:40 Baikonur) carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.

The crew safely returned to Earth in a jettisoned escape capsule. Hague and Ovchinin are out of the capsule and are reported to be in good condition.

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia's Roscosmos space agency, promised that Hague and Ovchinin will be given another chance soon to work on the orbiting space outpost.

Rogozin on Friday posted a picture on Twitter of himself sat next to the two astronauts and said they had now arrived in Moscow.

He said he was "confident" that a new manned mission to the ISS would go ahead as planned in December, praising the "wonderful relationship" between the Russian and U.S. space agencies.

"They are in good health and don't need any medical assistance", said Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov, a deputy chief of the Russian Federal Medical and Biological Agency. In 2013, he joined NASA's astronaut corps and is the first member of his class to be assigned to a mission and fly into space, Wiseman said.

Krikalyovi said one of the rocket's four boosters failed to separate from the main stage.

A committee has been formed to determine what prevented the booster's separation. "We need more data". Russian Federation has launched an investigation and suspended all launches of manned spacecraft until the probe is complete.

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Roscosmos had earlier made a decision to temporarily ground its Soyuz rocket launches until experts can properly assess the situation.

Two astronauts who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket will fly again and are provisionally set to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring of next year, the head of Russia's space agency said on Friday.

NASA said it was dusting off plans which would allow it to operate the space station without a crew.

"We don't have an opportunity to extend it for a long time", Krikalyov said.

"We will try to bring forward the launch of a new crew", said Sergei Krikalyov, executive director of the Russian space agency and veteran cosmonaut.

Industry experts say the country's space industry has suffered so many mishaps including the loss of cargo spacecraft that a serious accident during a manned mission was simply a matter of time.

The International Space Station in orbit above Earth. Russian activities in Ukraine, charges of interfering in the USA presidential election of 2016 and the conflict in Syria are some of the main issues. The spacecraft experienced a booster failure just a couple of minutes after launching, resulting in a launch abort.

Bridenstine also heaped praise on the relationship Washington and Moscow enjoy in the frontier of space, free from the deepening political disputes "we have terrestrial".