Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, who oversees space flight, promised to share all information from the investigation with the United States and said that manned space launches would be suspended until the end of the probe, according to Russian news agencies. Eric Berger ofArs Technica reports that Russian sources said the failure occurred about two minutes into flight, suggesting the rocket had a problem during second stage separation, but the exact nature of the complication is unknown.
Footage showed the pair shaking around in the capsule, enduring gravitational forces of six to seven times more than is felt on Earth as they came down at a sharper-than-normal angle.
American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are "resting comfortably" after making an emergency landing of their launch capsule. An emergency landing protocol was initiated and their capsule landed in a field in Kazakhstan. He added that the president is receiving regular updates about the situation.
Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site. The city is about 450 kilometers from the Russia's Baikonur space center, which Russian Federation operates through an agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan. The trio is now scheduled to return home in December, and they're well supplied with food and water, said Kenny Todd, NASA's ISS operations integration manager, at a press briefing held yesterday.
China's space agency has the capacity to send astronauts into orbit, but its next scheduled crewed launch isn't until 2020. From the optimistic vantage point of the past, we were supposed to have space stations on the Moon and Mars by now.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted he is "grateful everyone is safe" and that "a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted".
Earlier this week, Bridenstine emphasized that collaboration with Russia's Roscosmos remains important.
A Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft experienced an "anomaly" during liftoff today while carrying two passengers en route to the International Space Station (ISS). Russian Federation stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of the SpaceX's Dragon v2 and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules.
However, Thursday's incident was the first manned launch failure since 1983 when a Soyuz rocket exploded in the launch area. And when we learned that the crew was safe and descending it was a moment to behold. While Krikalyov did not give a specific date, the next Soyuz mission had been scheduled for December 20 and was supposed to take a new three-person crew to the International Space Station.
The Russian space agency also sent 70 rocket engines back to production lines in 2016 to replace broken parts. That leaves NASA dependent on Russian Federation and its Soyuz rockets until then. That 0.08-inch (2-millimeter) hole in the orbital module of the Soyuz vehicle created a small air leak on the space station that was detected by flight controllers on the ground and ultimately repaired by astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station.