It's been an interesting couple of months for Russia's space program.
China's space agency has the capacity to send astronauts into orbit, but its next scheduled crewed launch isn't until 2020.
All things considered, the Soyuz has proven itself reliable historically and its launch escape system - at various stages of flight - has proven effective three times now. Russia's Investigative Committee has also opened a criminal investigation into the matter.
The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 11 (2:40 p.m.in Baikonur) carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. The agency is waiting for both Boeing and SpaceX to deliver home-grown spacecraft so it no longer has to rely on Russian Federation to send supplies and crew to the ISS.
This type of Soyuz rocket has been flying people to space since 2001, and until now, it has never failed, according to Space News. Russian Federation says there is enough food on board to last until April. -Russian co-operation in space, voicing hope that it wouldn't be affected by politics. The three astronauts still on the station will likely need to return to earth in December.
A space walk planned for mid-November has also been cancelled, he said. 2018, agency leader Dmitry Rogozin, center, embraces cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, left, and US astronaut Nick Hague at Star City, Russia, a space training center outside Moscow.
Russian Federation has launched an investigation and suspended all launches of manned spacecraft until the probe is complete.
The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is launched Thursday with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Moreover, both SpaceX's and Boeing's rocket programs have run into delays, as is often the case in the aerospace industry.
"That relationship is strong, and whatever happens terrestrially, we've always been able to keep space exploration and discovery and science separate from whatever terrestrial disputes there may be", he said. That's a diplomatic way to say the Russian booster failed, forcing the crew to perform a risky launch abort. "This demonstrates how important it is to have collaboration and to not be dependent on one system or another system". "This is an inflection point", he said.
The NASA chief played down tensions between the two countries, saying space remained an area of cooperation. Bridenstine told reporters he didn't expect political differences to impinge.
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