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Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released

Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released”

Russian officials believe the component was damaged during assembly.

The Soyuz is now the only rocket that is capable of sending humans to the ISS and a launch failure hasn't happened since 1983.

They added that the uncrewed Progress MS-10 cargo ship, which launches on a Soyuz-FG rocket, will fly to the space station November 16, and that the next crew launch, Soyuz MS-11, will fly December 3.

Last week, Russian Federation successfully launched a Soyuz rocket for the first time since the failure.

Russian officials said during the press conference that they'd created measures to avoid the issue happening again, and that resuming Soyuz launches was a priority. The current space station crew - made up of NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian Sergei Prokopyev and German Alexander Gerst - was scheduled to return to Earth in December after a six-month mission but will have to stay there for at least an extra week or two to ensure a smooth carry-over before the new crew arrives in early December.

What happened during the flight?

Krikalyov on Wednesday reiterated Roskosmos's earlier statements saying that the malfunction was caused by a collision of the first and second stages of the rocket during the first stage separation.

Speaking at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Krikalev said the sensor in question "should signal the removal of the first rocket stage from the second".

Live video of the astronauts inside showed them shaking violently with vibrations caused by the malfunction.

Despite their dramatic descent and landing, both men were recovered unharmed, the space agencies said.

After investigating the incident, Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, determined that one of the rocket's boosters failed and stuck to the main rocket body instead of peeling off.

They had initially been scheduled to land on December 13 after their stint on the ISS, a joint project of the space agencies of America, Europe, Russia, Japan and Canada.

"The reason for the abnormal separation. was due to a deformation of the stem of the contact separation sensor.", Skorobogatov told reporters.

Since then, Nasa has paid Russian Federation for seats on its Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to the station.



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