Cosmonaut Describes Aborted Soyuz Launch

Cosmonaut Describes Aborted Soyuz Launch

"The first thing I really noticed was being shaken pretty violently side to side", he said during his first publicly broadcast interviews since his Soyuz rocket failed shortly after liftoff on october 11. After subjecting the crew to G forces of up to 6.7 times the force of gravity, the capsule landed safely under its parachute, with search-and-rescue teams swiftly recovering the crew.

After blasting into the sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a problem with the separation of first and second stage booster rockets forced Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin to make a unsafe "ballistic re-entry" into Earth's atmosphere. Most of the last two years I spent in Star city in Russian Federation, where the exercises we had to solve any emergency imaginable.

Their capsule separating from the troubled booster was the source of that shaking, and it was accompanied by an emergency light and alarm.

A preliminary study indicates that one of the rocket's 4 strap-on booster elements failed to properly separate and hit the remaining portion of the main booster. "And at any moment in there that we could have a failure, it's going to protect me", he said, describing the aborted launch as "just a great example of those fail-safe systems stepping in and doing the job".

Although the investigation report provides some details regarding the recent Soyuz rocket failure, it actually leaves quite a few questions unanswered. It has a back-up emergency landing system that the astronauts said was triggered automatically when the launch encountered a glitch. "And, luckily for us, it was smooth, flat terrain and it ended up as a pretty smooth landing".

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"You can imagine the scene", Hague said.

"The next flight was originally planned in December, but we will now try to make it a little bit early December", Krikalyov said in a video interview with the RT TV channel. "Sometimes you don't get a vote", Hague told the Associated Press.

Currently, Russia's Soyuz rocket is the only vehicle capable of carrying people to the International Space Station.

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