Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released

  • Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released

Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released

The hiatus in human spaceflight caused by last month's failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket will be quite brief indeed.

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.

Earlier, Roscosmos had suspended manned space launches after a rocket carrying two astronauts in one of Russia's Soyuz capsules to the ISS failed in less than two minutes after lift-off on 11 October. Neither of the two astronauts were injured in the incident.

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

"It was damaged during the assembling of the strap-on boosters with the core stage (the Packet) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome", said Roscosmos, adding that the Emergency Rescue System functioned properly and the crew acted accordingly. To fix the process, Soyuz rockets already assembled for launch with their booster packs will be disassembled and reassembled to assure that similar mistakes have not occurred.

Because of the faulty sensor, the lid of a nozzle on one of the side boosters did not open, thereby preventing the boosters from falling away cleanly. In addition to the Progress cargo shipment, Japan's robotic HTV-7 resupply ship is due to be set loose for disposal on November 7, and Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch a Cygnus cargo carrier on November 15.

The Russian federal space agency, known as Roscosmos, also revealed today the results of the Soyuz-anomaly investigation. The space agency recently announced the nine astronauts that will crew the test flights and first missions of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.The Associated Press contributed to this article. Check out the dedicated Women in IT Excellence Awards 2018 website for the shortlist, and to reserve your table.