Russia plans first manned space mission since rocket failure
Written by admin on November 1, 2018
The first manned mission to the International Space Station since a Russian rocket failed to launch earlier this month may take off on 3 December, space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday.
A Russian cosmonaut and US astronaut were forced to abort their mission on 11 October and perform an emergency landing after a launch accident that Roscomos said was caused by a faulty sensor.
The accident was the first serious launch problem experienced by a manned Soyuz space mission since 1983, when a crew narrowly escaped before a launch pad explosion.
Sergei Krikalyov, a senior Roscosmos official, was quoted by state news agency TASS as saying the next manned launch had been planned for mid-December, but that Russia was trying to bring the date forward so that the ISS is not briefly left without a crew.
The three-person crew may return home on 20 December, he was quoted as saying.
“The industry is making significant efforts to move the launch to 3 December so that the station does not switch to autopilot mode, and landing is expected around 20 December,” he said.