The Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, launched their Soyuz MS-10 crew vehicle with two new crewmembers that were set for the International Space Station. However, the launch – which took place on Thursday at 0840 UTC from Baikonur – failed a few minutes into flight. Soyuz MS-10 was then aborted on a ballistic entry, before safely landing downrange of the launch site.
The crewed Soyuz, which would normally ferry three people to the Station, was carrying a reduced crew complement as part of Russia’s initiative to keep their total crew presence on Station to just two until the launch, late next year, of their primary science lab, Nauka.
However, those plans are unlikely to apply now Soyuz MS-10 has failed to arrive at the ISS, with the Soyuz FG likely to be grounded for some time as a State Commision invesigation takes place.
"To find out the reason for the accident on the SOYUZ-FG. My decision (to form) State Commission. Already started work. Telemetry is (being) studied. Rescue services worked from the first second of the Accident. The Soyuz-MS emergency Rescue system Worked. The crew is Saved." https://t.co/n1mZwKB51C
— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) October 11, 2018
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