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Monday, March 19, 2018

The latest Soyuz MS-02 is postponed from-for malfunctions

Roscosmos after the control test has cancelled planned for the end of September flight to the ISS’s newest manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-02″ with three astronauts on Board due to the problem. The reason for the postponement of the launch has already been named. But according to experts, there is little to find out why, we need to understand why the problem has arisen. In General, the delayed start they deem it more positive.

The postponement of a manned launch crew to the International space station (ISS) was a short circuit under a payload fairing of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG”, RIA “Novosti” a source in the space industry. He added that a new launch date will be announced later, but most likely, the launch will not take place before early October.

According to the results of control tests

“If a fault is detected occurs before the flight, it is a normal working process”

That is planned for 23 September launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome of the manned space ship Soyuz MS-02″ with three astronauts on Board was postponed for technical reasons, the press service of Roscosmos announced on Saturday morning. This decision professionals took after the control tests.

As you know, now the interdepartmental Commission of the Russian space Agency is trying to identify and eliminate the causes of the postponement of the launch crew to the ISS. “The reasons for the postponement of the launch will be announced later”, – promised the Russian space Agency.

We will remind, on Thursday, the experts of Rocket and space Corporation Energia at the Baikonur cosmodrome held the author’s examination of “Soyuz MS-02, and executed the complex of technological operations in the rolling of the head fairing of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG”. The week was planned transportation headunit with the ship in the Assembly and testing facility for General Assembly with the launch vehicle.

New Soyuz MS

The spacecraft “Soyuz MS” a new modification is created as a result of deep modernization of “Soyuz TMA”. It differs from previous version new command and telemetry system capable of using relay satellites “Luch”, new rendezvous and docking “Rate-AT” (compared to an earlier version of the “Kurs-a” she has improved weight and size characteristics and eliminating part of the equipment of the ship one of the three radio antennas) and other equipment. Improved power system and the solar panels produce more energy.

Is the analog television system “Klest” on the ships you use a digital TV system for supporting communication between vehicle and station by lebortovo radio.

It is designed to deliver crews to three people and associated cargo to the ISS and return to Earth. While on the ISS also functions as a rescue vehicle and is maintained in constant readiness for a rapid descent of the crew to Earth.

As part of the main crew of “Soyuz MS-02” declared Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Andrei Borisenko and NASA astronaut the American astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough. Backup crew: Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Nikolai Tikhonov, NASA astronaut mark Vande HEI.

A week ago in a Park near the hotel “Cosmonaut at Baikonur with the participation of both the flying squads held a ceremony of raising flags of the States – participants of the space program. Crew members raised the flags of Russia, Kazakhstan and the United States. After that, those present at the ceremony, the guests wished the astronauts a successful flight. By the end of the ceremony was a memorable photography.

In early September, the Commission of the Russian space Agency determined the plan of launches of spacecraft to the end of the year. Under the ISS program planned to carry out three launches. Also scheduled for September 23 was reported to be scheduled for October 20 launch of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-U” with transport cargo vehicle “Progress MC-04”. And on 16 November on the ISS have to go to the next crew: the carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG” with TPK “Soyuz MS-03”.

At the end of November approved the launch of the carrier rocket “proton-M” with the upper stage “breeze-M” and American spacecraft Echostar-21 (this launch was postponed twice). Completed the annual program of the Russian Federal space Agency launch from Baikonur on December 22 have the start of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” with the spacecraft “kanopus-V-IK”.

“This is a normal working process”

The head of the Moscow space club Ivan Moiseev noted that because of the postponement of the start of the manned space ship Soyuz MS-02″ other planned Roscosmos launches to move will not be because are produced from different launch sites. “Starting a campaign is on the launch pad. If a delay occurs, so this does not apply,” – Moses said the newspaper VIEW.

He pointed out that the source in the rocket and space industry told the media that the incident will not affect the timing of the launch of the next cargo ship “Progress”, which must be sent to the International space station October 20.

With regard to the identified faults booster “Soubs-FG”, the expert noted that in addition to the detection of the fault need to find out why it happened, which is why it is difficult to name the date of a new launch vehicle. However, he pointed out on the professional work of the technical staff, who found the defect before the missile launch.

“All of this will need to be documented. It will take time. If a fault is detected occurs before the flight, it is normal working process. It’s all provided. A rocket ship is under the control and constant testing since production. This is done just for the sake of such cases that the problem was not identified during the flight, and before him,” – said the expert.

First newest spacecraft “Soyuz MS” was launched from Baikonur on 7 July and successfully docked to the ISS. The rocket arrived at the station Russian Anatoly Ivanishin, American Kathleen Rubins, and Japanese Takuya Onishi. For Rubins and Onishi’s first space flight, Ivanishin flew into space for the second time – the first time he had been in orbit in 2011-2012 and spent 165 days.


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