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NASA, as the basic version of occurrence of holes in docked to the ISS, the spacecraft “Soyuz MS-09” considering accidental damage incurred during Assembly of spacecraft or prepare for the launch, told ArsTechnica editor Erika Berger in the American space Agency.
According to information obtained by the publication, in the United States believe that the damage could appear in the proceedings of the ship in Russia, or in the process pre-launch preparation of spacecraft in Baikonur (Kazakhstan).
Also Berger asked an unnamed official representative of NASA to comment on the recent statement by the Agency regarding the situation with “Soyuz MS-09”. The interlocutor of the edition noted that the way the United States wanted to assure Russia that confident in the reliability of spacecraft “Soyuz MS” and confirm the innocence of American astronauts to the incident.
ArsTechnica also notes that “a relatively small leak has turned into a significant gap between the Russian and American space programs,” and hasty statements of the General Director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, made prior to the completion of the official investigation into the causes of the incident, cause, “final report, are more likely to cause problems than solve them.” “Most likely, this is the real message implicit in the statement by NASA,” concludes Berger.
In October, NASA responded to the statement Rogozin, who virtually ruled out the emergence hole in the hull of the “Union MS-09” in terms of production. “This conclusion does not necessarily mean that the hole was done deliberately or with malicious intent” — according to NASA.
In October, Rogozin is scheduled to meet with the head of NASA Jim Bridenstine. In November Russian cosmonauts should make a spacewalk, which provides for the examination of the external surface of the “Union MS-09”.
About air leak on the ISS on August 30, said Rogozin. The cause of the problem — a hole with a diameter of about two millimeters in the hull of a manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-09”, docked to the Russian segment of the station. Later it became known that the leak is caused by a deliberate impact drill on the hull of a ship. Russian cosmonauts were able to quickly repair the hole.
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