Russian cosmonaut praises space rocket reliability during Soyuz emergency landing – Science & Space

MOSCOW, October 16 / TASS /. The functions of the space rocket showed their reliability during the emergency landing of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with crew, MS-10 commander Alexei Ovchinin told RT International News TV Channel on Tuesday.

“For my part, I, and not just myself, have reassured myself of the reliability of our space rocket and this should, therefore, serve as a factor that there should be no fear. When needed for action, rocket technology will work properly to function, ”the cosmonaut stressed.

Ovčinin also thanked everyone who participated in the preparations for the flight and the rescue operation after the emergency landing.

The Soyuz-FG rocket carrier with the crew of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft exploded from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, at 11:40 Moscow time. On board were Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin (commander of the Alliance MS-10) and NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

After a smooth takeoff, the Soyuz booster broke down between the first and second separation phases, after which the crew was forced to interrupt the flight and proceed to the ballistic descent. The Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft ended up landing in the Kazakh steppe.

The press service of the Central Military District of Russia reported that the rescuers pulled the crew out of the descent capsule. The crew members were later inspected and found to be in good condition. After a medical examination in the city of Baikonur, the astronauts were transferred to Moscow.

This is the first landing landing with this type of carrier in the last 35 years.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who returned to Moscow from the Baikonur spaceport on October 12 after the failure of the Soyuz amplifier, flew to the United States on October 13, the cosmonaut training service told TASS.