Marcia Dunn, Ap Aerospace Writer Updated 8:59 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 In this image from video made available by NASA, U.S. astronaut Anne McClain speaks during an interview in Star City, Russia on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. She is set to blast off Dec. 3 on her first spaceflight, with a Russian and Canadian. (NASA via AP) less In this image from video made available by NASA, U.S. astronaut Anne McClain speaks during an interview in Star City, Russia on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. She is set to blast off Dec. 3 on her first spaceflight, ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this image from video made available by NASA, U.S. astronaut Anne McClain speaks during an interview in Star City, Russia on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. She is set to blast off Dec. 3 on her first spaceflight, with a … [Read more...] about Next US astronaut on Russian rocket confident after mishaps
The first satellite launched into orbit, Sputnik, launched from a spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Central Asian country was then a Soviet republic. Later, the first human to fly into space, Yuri Gagarin, also launched from Kazakhstan. Today, despite its independence, this spaceport remains the primary launch site for the Russian space program. However, when Kazakhstan wanted to get a small scientific satellite named KazSaySat and a technology satellite called KazistiSat into space, the country didn't select a Russian rocket. Instead, it chose the US-based launch company SpaceX to reach orbit. Further ReadingRussia has a plan to compete with SpaceX—but it has a flaw In an article published by the Russia-based wire service Interfax on Tuesday, the press secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry, Aset Nurkenov, explained why. "The reason for using a Falcon 9 for this launch is that it will be less expensive," he said. "The total cost is a … [Read more...] about Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch
Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, has released footage from a camera on board the Soyuz rocket that failed last month, forcing a dramatic emergency landing of the two astronauts on board.The Oct.11 launch was meant to carry NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin to the International Space Station, but a short time after blast-off an "anomaly" occurred as the first-stage boosters separated. Now playing: Watch this: Watch the moment that Russian rocket failed midflight 2:02 The new video shows a view of the lower, or "strap-on," booster blocks from launch until just after the moment three of the four large blocks can be seen falling away. As we now know, the fourth strap-on block didn't separate properly and actually smacked its top against the central core rocket stage of the Soyuz."It resulted in its decompression (of the core's fuel tank) and, as a consequence, the space rocket lost its attitude control," Roscosmos said in a statement … [Read more...] about See the moment that Russian rocket failed with NASA astronaut aboard
The failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with two space fliers aboard adds a new chapter to an already long story of mishaps and failures besetting the Russian space industry, according to space safety experts. The incident that happened yesterday (Oct. 11), was the first aborted launch of a manned Soyuz capsule in more than three decades. However, it points to serious underlying problems that undermine trust in the space power, Tommaso Sgobba, the president of the International Association of the Advancement of Space Safety, told Space.com. In March this year, the website Parabolic Arc calculated that over the past 30 years, Russian launchers failed 60 times — that averages to two failures a year. [In Photos: Space Station Crew's Harrowing Abort Landing After Soyuz Launch Failure] Among the more prominent fiascos of the past decade are three losses of the robotic Progress M vehicle that delivers supplies to the International Space Station, two satellites for … [Read more...] about Should We Be Worried About Russian Rockets?
Six decades into the space age, exploring the final frontier remains a difficult and dangerous proposition. That basic truth was reinforced yesterday (Oct. 11) by the failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket during a crew launch toward the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket experienced a serious anomaly a few minutes after liftoff, and the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Hague and Ovchinin are safe and in good condition, NASA officials said. [In Photos: The Harrowing Soyuz Launch Abort in Pictures] There will be an investigation into the incident, to figure out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. And because this is spaceflight, the list of potential problems is pretty long. "We get lulled into a form of complacency when these things go off seemingly without a hitch on a regular basis," said John Logsdon, a professor emeritus of political … [Read more...] about Russian Rocket’s Failure Reminds Us That Spaceflight Is Still Dangerous