Following the failure of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft to deliver Aleksey Nikolayevich Ovchinin and Nick Hague to the International Space Station last week, the orbital outpost is now left with two fewer crew members than planned. NASA now must assess their options for keeping the station occupied, pending Roscosmos’ updated launch schedule once the investigation into the Soyuz-FG failure has been completed.
Roscosmos immediately created a State Commission to determine the cause of the MS-10 abort and their investigation is already progressing.
Initial reports claim one of the four strap-on boosters is suspected to have incompletely separated from the center core booster, then impacted the core causing the main engine to shut down and the spacecraft to automatically abort.
According to L2, the spacecraft reached an apogee of 93 kilometers and landed 32 kilometers southeast of Dzhezkazgan, 19 minutes and 41 seconds after launch. These findings are only preliminary, as the first official report from the commission is yet to be published.
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How quickly the commission can conclusively determine the cause of the failure and the corrective action needed to return the Soyuz-FG rocket to flight will be ...