Saturday, 17 November, 2018

NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Like a cinder block 7 times your weight on your chest – survivor describes Soyuz crash to RT Screenshot from AP video
Frank Williams | 17 October, 2018, 16:01

Other users of the Soyuz rocket variants include Arianespace, and any potential delay to their planned launches would be damaging to the satellite industry.

A Russian cosmonaut and a USA astronaut survived an aborted liftoff after a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS failed in mid-air two minutes after the launch in Kazakhstan, leading to a dramatic emergency landing. "Imagine if a reinforced concrete block seven times your weight was placed on your chest", he said.

Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin shrugged off on Tuesday his emergency landing last week, saying there had been no time to worry as his capsule plunged back to earth.

"We had to go through the steps that crew has to take and prepare for emergency landing.so that the crew is still functioning after landing". As per the Roscosmos' statement, the failure might have occurred due to the collision between the discarded first stage and the second stage of the rocket's booster.

Hague said he and Ovchinin, his commander, were flung from side to side and shoved back hard into their seats, as the drama unfolded 50 kilometres (31 miles) above Kazakhstan last Thursday.

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The couple will also travel to New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga on their first global since marrying. They will be in Melbourne on Thursday.

The investigation is still going on in the Russian space agency Roscosmos and it can be expected that more details will be provided soon.

Hague, 43, said he's dealt with in-flight emergencies during his Air Force career, but nothing like this.

This means that while they will be able to return to Earth, if they do so there will be no crew aboard the station until another crew can be launched.

NASA's Hague has already flown back to the United States following the landing, after undergoing a medical check and being questioned about the accident.

Russian Federation had immediately issued a notice shortly after the incident, saying that they had suspended all the future manned space flights for now, and an investigation was on to figure out what went wrong with the Soyuz rocket. The space station, meanwhile, is managing for now with a crew of three.

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