All systems work since the Russian Soyuz aims to erase the space failures

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All systems work since the Russian Soyuz aims to erase the space failures
International Space Station ISS IMAGE  By NASA

All systems work since the Russian Soyuz aims to erase the space failures: The 138 launch number of Soyuz should be as routine as it is for space flights. The next team is due to take off on Monday for the International Space Station (ISS) from the same launch pad that Yury Gagarin used in 1961 on his historic first flight into orbit.

However, two months ago, an accident in the last Soyuz launch sent Russian and American astronauts back to Earth.

Shortly before that, the crew of the ISS discovered a mysterious hole, located after the air pressure in the Station began to fall and was successfully covered.

Both incidents have a raised questions about the state of the Russian space industry, which was once the great pride of a superpower, and the future of cosmic cooperation with the US. UU

Researchers have attributed the blame for the failed launch of a faulty Soyuz sensor.

The Russian space agency told the BBC that it was damaged during the assembly when “two cranes collided.” “Our task is to take measures to ensure that it does not happen again,” said Dmitry Rogozin.

Who is aboard Expedition 58?

David Saint-Jacques (L), 48, a Canadian engineers, astrophysicist, and family doctor

Oleg Kononenko (C), 54, Russian; 3 space flights in ISS in 2008, 2011-12 and 2015, with a total of 534 days and including three spacewalks

Anne McClain (R), 39, American; an Experienced pilot who studied as a graduate student at the University of Bath and Bristol in the United Kingdom

However, some here warn that Russia’s problems are more in-depth.

Who is the blame for space failures?

The failed launch is the terrible blow to the Russian space industry and the authorities,” argues space expert Pavel Luzin.

“Two emergencies in a short time means that something is going wrong.”

Luzin says Moscow classifies its space program along with its nuclear arsenal and its seat in the UN Security Council as things that give Vladimir Putin’s Russia the status of “great power” it craves.

However, the accident and the unexplained hole in the ISS caused reports of low salaries and minimal motivation in the country space sector, which remains state-funded.

“There are a big gap between the salaries of bosses and general engineers, which does not help guarantee a thorough job,” says Ivan Moiseyev, director of the Moscow Institute of Space Policy.

The head of Roscosmos even called it an “open question” if the damage to the Soyuz during the assembly was an act of sabotage.

“It probably was not,” Rogozin said. “But we have to check it.”

It raises similar questions about the two-millimeter-wide hole found in the ISS, which Russia concluded was punctured by a “trembling hand.”

In the sign of the tense political climate, the space chief argued that “deliberate interference in space” could not be ruled out.

1 newspaper reported that, behind closed doors, Roscosmos was blaming American astronauts on the ISS for making the hole.

Will relations between the United States and Russia survive in space?

In public, both parties have been oozing positivity.

“We have full confidence in the each other, that is the only way we can send our men and women into orbit,” Roscomo’s boss told the BBC at an event to commemorate the 20 years of the ISS.

“Thank God, the political winds do not touch us,” Dmitry Rogozin added.

“The external environment I do not think I can understand … that there is confidence in this sea of other noises,” echoed William Gerstenmaier of NASA.

Skepticism is indeed strong here.

With US-Russian relations very strained by accusations of meddling in elections and the crisis in Ukraine, industry observers say the professions of friendship and trust are largely “polite diplomacy.”

The Space Station continues to be a symbol of powerful and increasingly rare collaboration. However, it is ready to finish operations in 2024.

“The policy will not affect the work on the ISS, but future projects are improbable on the same scale,” believes Ivan Moiseyev.

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A role for Russia in the Lunar Gateway of NASA is still being discussed: Moscow is not happy to participate in the US-led project to orbit the moon.

“For scientists, it would be best to keep the ISS as long as possible, but it is the politicians who give the money, and they are the ones who have the problems,” Moiseyev reasons.

Russia continues to speak as a space superpower.

Dmitry Rogozin insists that the massive Angara rocket will be launched, although the date has slipped until 2028; With this, Russia has big plans to colonize the moon.

It has a long history of non-compliance with pronouncements.

One thing that Moscow can boast: the Soyuz spacecraft is currently the only way to launch teams in orbit, as EE. UU Finalized its Shuttle program in 2011.

“We trusted this vehicle, they quickly discovered what happened and why and how to avoid it again,” NASA’s Anne McClain told a group of journalists. Then he got on a Soyuz simulator for a final skills test before his first flight.


However, like the ISS, that cooperation with Moscow is finite.

NASA hopes that the test flights with a crew of the two commercial ships of the EE. UU Be in development next year.

“Why would Americans and Europeans need to cooperate with Russia then?” Pavel Luzin asks.

“They do not want to depend on Russia, that is the political challenge for us.”


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