Russian Federation says its doomed rocket was damaged before takeoff, causing launch failure

The failed Soyuz rocket separation

The failed Soyuz rocket

"We have a number of Russian Soyuz rocket launches in the next month and a half and in December, we're fully anticipating putting our crew on a Russian Soyuz rocket to launch to the International Space Station again", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said last week.

However the safe descent to Earth by cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and United States astronaut Nick Hague led both Roscosmos and Nasa to stand by the Soyuz system as reliable.

The separation failure, which can be seen in the video below, was traced back to the deformation of a separation sensor pin.

The AP reported the rocket was 50 kilometres from Earth's surface when the booster failed. Russian state Corporation. Provides services for the use of outer space, responsible for worldwide cooperation in implementing joint projects and programmes in the field of space activities. Roscosmos has posted video of the crash of the rocket Soyuz-FG, which occurred October 11.

There are several configurations of the Soyuz rocket used by the Russians to get people and payloads into space, and generally they share a common separation system.

All manned missions were put on hold until investigations behind the launch failure were completed - which put UAE's mission to send its first Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the Soyuz MS-12 mission on April 5 into question as well.

The Russian federal space agency, known as Roscosmos, also revealed today the results of the Soyuz-anomaly investigation.

The new capsule will be commanded by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, with the two flight engineers being Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain, both at their first flight into space.

Although NASA has not said so publicly, it must be a concern for the U.S. space agency that, for the second crew launch in a row, a quality-control issue has caused a significant problem with a launch system used for humans. The MS-10 space capsule carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin separated from the launch vehicle and entered a ballistic trajectory, allowing it to land safely roughly 200 miles east of the launch point.

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