Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Crewed spacecraft bound for ISS forced to make emergency ballistic descent

Crewed spacecraft bound for ISS forced to make emergency ballistic descent

A booster failure during a Soyuz rocket launch forced the two crew members to abort their mission to the International Space Station and return to Earth in the first such emergency landing for the Russian-built spacecraft since 1975.

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Hague and Ovchinin left the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the International Space Station at 2:40 p.m. local time on Thursday.

Sergei Krikalyov, the head of Roscosmos' manned programs, said one of the rocket's four boosters failed to separate from the main stage. He added that the president is receiving regular updates about the situation.

NASA's deputy chief astronaut, Reid Wiseman, said the crew "handled their procedures exactly as planned" and are "in great shape".

Rockets use boosters to provide the thrust they need to launch from Earth and breech the atmosphere. They were met by rescue teams in remote Kazakhstan more than 200 miles from their launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The trio is now scheduled to return home in December, and they're well supplied with food and water, said Kenny Todd, NASA's ISS operations integration manager, at a press briefing held yesterday.

It was the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. Last month, an oxygen leak was found in the International Space Station that Rogozin said was made deliberately.

NASA has relied on Russian rockets to ferry astronauts to the space station since the United States retired its Space Shuttle program in 2011, although the agency has announced plans for a test flight carrying two astronauts on a SpaceX commercial rocket next April.

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Earlier this week, Bridenstine emphasized that collaboration with Russia's Roscosmos remains important.

Russian flight controllers described the forces experienced by Hague and Ovchinin as six to seven Gs due to the lack of velocity when the failure occurred.

Rescue crews are now heading towards the emergency landing site in the barren Kazakh steppe to provide support for the crew.

However, Thursday's incident was the first manned launch failure since 1983 when a Soyuz rocket exploded in the launch area. Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov jettisoned and landed safely near the launch pad, surviving without injuries. "Spaceflight is hard. And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind", ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted from aboard the space station as he watched and photographed the launch from space.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques had been scheduled to be on the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft on December 20. Roscosmos sent more than 70 rocket engines back to production lines to replace faulty components. In August, a hole appeared in a Soyuz capsule already docked to the ISS that caused a brief loss of air pressure and had to be patched.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield told Euronews the three people now on the station (Alexander Gerst, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev) are essentially stuck there until a spaceship can be launched to get them.

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