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Russian Federation blames rocket failure on mistake during assembly

01 November 2018

The launch of the Russian rocket Soyuz with two astronauts on board failed this month because of a faulty sensor, a Roscosmos official said earlier on Wednesday.

Russian officials believe the component was damaged during assembly.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying two people failed in mid-flight on October 12.

"In order to avoid shifting the ISS to an unmanned mode, the industry is exerting considerable efforts to make the launch possible on December 3", Sergei Krikalyov, the executive director of the manned spaceflight program at Russia's Roskosmos space agency, said on October 31.

The crew is set to include Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who was originally scheduled to fly to the station December 20 on a six-month mission.

The findings of an official investigation into the incident were presented at a press conference on Thursday.

What happened during the flight?

Secondly, it's great to see that the Soyuz rocket's safety abort system works so well, and it should be a great comfort to space travelers who will soon be riding the hardware to space once more.

Ovchinin and Hague returned safely back to Earth in their capsule, and are likely get their chance to go to the space station in the spring, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has said.

About 90 seconds into the rocket's flight, the U.S. space agency Nasa reported a problem with the booster rocket between the first and second stages of separating.

The two crew members were then recovered by emergency workers near the Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan, 400km (250 miles) north-east of the rocket launch site.

The Canadian Space Agency, however, told CBC News it did not have any updates on Saint-Jacques's mission.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos immediately launched an investigation into the rocket failure. It's relied upon by NASA, Europe, Russia, and other partners.

Roscosmos officials explained that a malfunctioning sensor led to an issue with the separation between the two rocket stages, causing one piece of the rocket to fail to separate fully, sending the rocket into a spin and prompting the instant abort.

Since then, Nasa has paid Russian Federation for seats on its Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to the station.

Russian Federation blames rocket failure on mistake during assembly