Russia moves fast. After one of the rockets triggered a malfunction last month, Roscosmos said he knew what had happened and how to fix it. Instead of postponing the next flight with an astronaut scheduled for December 20, it is launching on December 3.
Confident in Russia's response, NASA officially approved it. And then in the flight rotation, American astronaut Anne McClain says she's ready to strap. "I would have entered Soyuz the next day," she told reporters on Friday.
On October 11, the Soyuz rocket in Russia suffered less than three minutes when one of the booster failed to properly detach and get into the rocket.
Roscosmos said the accident was caused by a damaged "deformed" sensor during assembly of the rocket that caused the booster separation problem. After the accident, Russia successfully flew Soyuz without crew, restoring confidence in the system.
NASA chief executive Jim Bridenstine said on Friday that Roscosmos "was very transparent. They shared all of our data with us so that we could understand and resolve the problem and be comfortable and confident."
He said that after the last mission failed, "bring the crew as soon as possible." Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent almost a year in space, said it was meaningful that "newcomers" who had never been in space flight were two of the three crew on the next flight. Arriving at the station early will give the crew an effective handover time, "he said." If I could do it safely, I could see why I wanted to move the plane early. "
As Bridenstine said, the last mission within NASA was considered "a very successful failed launch" because the crew returned safely to Earth. After the booster hit the rocket, the ship instantly flew away from the rocket carrying a wild-flying astronaut – a Russian, an American – near the edge of the universe.
While escaping, the couple stomped back into their seats, and experienced 7 Gs, or 7 hours of gravitational force. NASA astronaut Nick Hague recently told reporters that he was "shaking his head from side to side" for the first time. When the alarm sounded, the light flashed and "I saw the light, I knew we had an emergency with the booster."
Hague and his Russian associate professor Alexey Ovchinin were also immediately discovered by the rescue team, which was not until 1975 when Soviet astronauts landed in eastern Russia on the slopes of snowy mountains It was a good result. From the cliff. (They were located one day later.) But even if the interruption is correct, they should not happen at first. It is very dangerous to be known as a "bad day" in the space industry. Space travel is inherently dangerous, but NASA and its partners are trying to take risks.
"The assembly error we made when assembling a rocket is fairly simple," said Wayne Hale, NASA's former space shuttle program director. "It's not about basic design."
The accident follows the discovery of a small, perforated hole of mystical origin in one area.
This hole is subject to separate investigation by Roscosmos. The Russians poured out ideas about sabotage. The hole was patched awkward after it was made. And a small leak from the station when the patch failed triggered the alarm. This hole is not considered a threat to the re-entry of Soyuz since it was later patched and dropped into space.
Experts in the industry said that the two exceptions of launch failure and Soyuz are almost certainly not related. But this is a business that wants the current anomaly count under investigation to be zero, not two.
Bridenstine said the pair of questions "raises questions" but does not want to comment until the investigation is complete.
This event reminds Soyuz that the human is the only way to go to the International Space Station. If Soyuz is grounded for a long period of time, NASA and its partners may need to temporarily abandon the station.
"I will not put the crew in danger," said Mike Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space, which is developing the private space station.
Likewise, NASA's Safety Advisory Committee said last month that "the desire to stay on schedule has the potential of maneuvering to meet unrealistic times and pressures," he said, deliberately eroding healthy decisions. "
McClain explains that Roscosmos calls the "Three Important Questions: What Happened?" Why did it happen? And how do we ensure that it does not happen again? No one had the green light to fire until I answered the three questions. "