The rocket with the Soyuz spacecraft and the new members of the ISS is flying to the orbital station from the Baikonur cosmodrome on October 11, 2018. On board, astronaut Tyler Haig and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. They had to perform an emergency landing after the rocket failed after launch
The members of the ISS crew from the USA and Russia managed to survive after an emergency landing on October 11 in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The reason was the failed launch vehicle, which was supposed to deliver them to the orbital station.
Astronaut Tyler Haig and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin started on schedule from the Baikonur cosmodrome, leased by Russia in Kazakhstan, on a Soyuz capsule. Roscosmos and NASA said that the three-stage rocket ship suffered an emergency shutdown of the second stage. The capsule jumped out of the booster and went to a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper angle than usual.
Astronaut Tyler Haig (right) and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin approach the launch site of the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) on October 11, 2018
Failure of the descent is an unprecedented failure for the Russian space program, which has recently been faced with problems and setbacks. The astronauts were supposed to dock to the orbital outpost after 6 hours, but the booster failed several minutes after the launch. NASA and Roskomos report that astronauts are in good condition after landing 20 km east of Dzhezkazgan (Kazakhstan). Rescuers found the crew and reported to the command center.
The rocket is worn with the ship. The Union is flying into the sky with new members of the ISS crew from the Baikonur cosmodrome on October 11, 2018. Astronaut Tyler Haig and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin performed an emergency landing after the rocket crashed.
Dmitry Rogozin wrote that a commission had already been created to investigate the reasons for the booster’s refusal. NASA Director Jim Brydenstein mentioned earlier this week that cooperation with Russia remains important for America regarding the space program. The Russian spacecraft Soyuz is the only vehicle for delivering people to the ISS. But Russia runs the risk of losing its monopoly with the arrival of the capsule of Dragon SpaceX and Starliner from Boeing.
Formation of smoke from the accelerator of the first part of the Soyuz-FG rocket, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the ISS on October 11, 2018. Astronaut Tyler Haig and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin were on the ship.
It is worth recalling that this is the first crash with the crew for the Union since 1983, when Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov landed safely near the launch pad without injury. Russia still relies on Soviet missiles and has long maintained its reputation as a reliable space transporter. But recent events have shaken this authority. In August of this year, in the Russian capsule the Union, which docked with the ISS, noticed a hole that led to a drop in pressure. The problem was quickly eliminated, but a wave of gossip, suspicion and accusation arose. Dmitry Rogozin added fuel to the fire. He did not blame the crew members, but indicated that they had intentionally made the hole.
Astronaut Tyler Haig (right) and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin are passing to launch the Soyuz spacecraft at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) on October 11, 2018
Astronaut Tyler Haig “gives five” to his sons from the bus, before boarding the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome