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Friday 12 October 2018

Astronauts Escape Failing Rocket

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LONDON (Scott Manley) — Soyuz MS-10 (МС-10 in Russian) was supposed to carry a pair of crew to the International space station, but there was an issue shortly after staging which forced the crew to abort.

This video is already a little out of date:

Timeline on NASA site is incorrect, Launch Escape Tower does indeed jettison near to staging time, shroud jettisons 40 seconds later. The capsule was pulled from the rocket using the shroud motors.

This is the first time in hundreds of space flights that a crew had to use an in flight abort system.

At this time Soyuz is the only rocket able to send astronauts to the space station and the current crew will have to return home in 2 months. If the situation is not resolved there’s a chance the ISS will be left empty for a while.

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