NASA will not change the flight schedule of the “Union”, despite the crash of a Russian rocket

Striking crash is usually reliable Soyuz rocket during a manned mission to the International space station earlier this weekthat almost ended with the deaths of the astronauts terrified the space community, however, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said it expects to launch a new crew in December on the “Union” anyway.

Answering questions from reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Bridenstine noted that “not every mission is a bust so is successfully completed”. Although faulty rocket to the big success has not taken anyone’s life, an emergency release built into the rocket worked as they should have been.

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Astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin safely landed 400 kilometers from the launch site after the capsule was separated after 90 seconds after the start and opened his parachute.

Although it is too early to talk about what went wrong, Bridenstine are confident enough in the system of the “Union” and the team “Roscosmos” to look for a new crew capsule to the end of the year.

“I am absolutely confident that when we will fly on the rocket “Soyuz” again, I have no reason to change the schedule of departures,” he says.

The next mission will take place in December, so the current crew of three on Board the ISS do not have to prolong his stay (as some thought), and the ISS will not fly in vain. The latter option is possible because the ISS was designed with the ability to fly yourself, but if problems arise, the lack of someone on the inside can be fraught with risk, and many experiments will have to interrupt.

The trigger system of the “Union” is the only one currently able to send humans into space. SpaceX and Boeing are working on their own alternatives, but they are still far from ready. Rocket “Soyuz” are robust enough to take people into space.

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