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Sensor malfunction to blame for rocket failure, Russia finds

03 November 2018, 09:44 | Justin Tyler

Sensor malfunction to blame for rocket failure, Russia finds

Sensor malfunction to blame for rocket failure, Russia finds

The rocket failed two minutes into the flight, sending NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos plummeting 50 kilometres to earth.

The company that produces the Soyuz rockets said, following the incident, that it will conduct a re-testing of its employees and increase the number of cameras monitoring the production process.

The Russian space agency, Roskosmos, has published a footage of the Soyuz launcher crash that took place on October 11.

The collision itself was provoked by a deformation of the detector that signals separation of the stages, the commission established by the Russian space agency Roscosmos has found. They landed safely on a steppe in Kazakhstan, but the aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program that serves as the only way to deliver astronauts to the orbiting outpost.

A Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague were forced to abort their mission on October 11 and perform an emergency landing after a launch accident that Roscomos said was caused by a faulty sensor.

The lives of Ovchinin and Hague were protected by an automatic emergency rescue system called SAS.

Last week, Russian Federation successfully launched a Soyuz rocket for the first time since the failure.

The other was now in Kourou, a space port in French Guiana which Russian Federation uses for commercial launches of satellites, he added.

Skorobogatov warned that two other rockets - one of which was also at Baikonur - may have problems due to assembly.

Roscosmos officials on Wednesday met with their counterparts from NASA to give them a full briefing on the malfunction, Roscosmos director general Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday.

Russian Federation on Wednesday said the first manned launch to the International Space Station since a failed blast-off this month will take place on December 3.

Following the investigation by the space experts, "appropriate law enforcement authorities" will work out who is guilty of the assembly mistake, said Roscosmos deputy head Alexander Lopatin.

The upcoming launch will loft cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques.

"Every accident has a name and surname (of the guilty party)", he said.

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