Soyuz Rocket fails due to an errant sensor
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The Russian officials have finally disclosed the central conclusion of the failure of the Soyuz rocket according to the reports submitted by the Russian news agency, TASS. The report was supposed to be released on Thursday. The executive director of the “Manned Programs” of Roscosmos, the space corporation of Russia, Sergei Krikalev has revealed that a sensor that was on board of the rocket was unsuccessful in providing the appropriate signal to separate the first couple of stages: the first and second stage. Due to this, one of the rocket boosters which was side-mounted didn’t separate itself properly from the vehicle and then collided with the spacecraft.

The collision then triggered the automatic abort of one of the abort systems of Soyuz and pulled out the crew which was comprised of Aleksey Ovchinin, a Russian cosmonaut and Nick Hague astronaut of NASA safely out of the rocket and sent them on a ballistic return to Earth. The Russian officials have directed a steep investigation regarding the failure of the rocket that took place on 11th of October. The investigative report was concluded in just three weeks.

The only reason to make this happen is that the spacecraft, Soyuz is the only means of transport via which Russia, NASA and the international partners of the respective space stations get their people to and from the station. Currently, three people are still in orbit, German ISS Commander Alexander Gerst, American astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, and Russian Sergey Prokopyev. These astronauts will return to earth around 20th December.

After concluding the investigation, the officials of Russia have made plans to move up the next launch of the crew from December to make sure that the space station has a human presence. The space station is designed in such a way that it can operate autonomously for a certain period but if there is some sort malfunction and there are no astronauts on board to troubleshoot the problem, then the station could get extremely damaged and might even be lost to the humans.

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