The European space Agency praised the quality of the fallen “Union”


Photo: Press service of the CVO

The European space Agency (EKA), Russia ready to provide any support that will be required for the investigation of causes of accident of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG”. This is stated in the letter from the head of ESA, Johann-Dietrich Werner, published on the website of Roscosmos.

ESA also noted the reliability of the “Unions” that allowed to save the lives of astronauts. “The safe return of the crew confirms the extraordinary reliability of the transport system “the Union” and its critical importance for the whole partnership on the ISS program. What happened today was outstandingly well-coordinated work of search and rescue teams, who did everything necessary for Alexei Ovchinin and nick Hague,” — said Werner.

Earlier, a source in the industry told the Interfax Agency that the cause of the accident carrier rocket “Union” could be bad mounting of the Central block of the accelerator.

On 11 October, the launch of manned spacecraft “Soyuz” from Baikonur on 119 th second of the flight has been shut down engines of the second stage in the separation of the side blocks of the first stage from the Central block of the second stage. Then triggered a distress beacon, the ship was divided into compartments and released the parachute. The crew made an emergency landing and landed in Kazakhstan.

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