[Editor’s note: I am highly suspicious about this unsuccessful Soyuz launch and it appears Putin shares my suspicions, hence he has asked to receive a report on the incident.. The launch system is exceptionally reliable, not having had a single failure in over 30 years, so to have a failure now is most unusual. We have to look at the background behind this, where, since 2014, Russia has been under international sanctions, continually demonised in the Western media, lambasted by Western politicians, painted as a malign influence in the world. The attacks on Russia have spread beyond the financial sanctions and political pressures to include things such as the ludicrous and obviously fraudulent doping case that ruined the careers of many innocent Russian athletes and claimed Russia had a state-sponsored doping programme. Maybe someone blew up this Russian rocket because Russia just gave a few hundreds rockets to Syria for self defense…. Ian]
Putin to receive report on aborted Soyuz space launch to ISS
Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive a full report on the aborted manned launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur space center on Thursday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, stressing that it is most important that the crew are alive.
“Certainly, the president will receive all the necessary information,” Peskov said. “Thanks God, the astronauts are alive according to information that we receive, and that’s the most important thing,” Peskov told a briefing.
“It’s good that the security systems and the crew worked in a proper manner,” he stressed.
The Kremlin spokesman did not specify when Chief of the Roscosmos State Space Corporation Dmitry Rogozin and Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov will represent their reports to the president. “It’s clear that Rogozin is apparently busy now: he needs to get information and analyze it.”
Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over violations of safety rules following the failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, the IC’s press-service has told TASS.
“The Investigative Committee’s office at the Baikonur space site has opened a criminal case under article 216 of the Criminal Code (Violation of Safety Rules in Construction Work Entailing Heavy Damage),” the IC said.
The investigators are in the process of examining the launch pad and gathering documentation.
“The causes of the incident and the persons whose actions resulted in the emergency are being established,” the IC said.
The Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft’s rescue system has demonstrated its exceptional reliability after a booster’s abortive launch, Head of the Roscosmos space agency Dmitry Rogozin said, RT television channel reported in its Twitter page.
“The rescue system has demonstrated its exceptional reliability. As for the cause of the failed launch, we will sort this out,” Rogozin said.
A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a manned Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday. The carrier rocket with the manned spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 11:40 a.m. Moscow time.
The manned spacecraft carried Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin (the commander of the Soyuz MS-10) and NASA astronaut Nick Hague.
The Soyuz booster aborted after its launch, after which the crew switched to the mode of a ballistic descent. The manned Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft landed in the Kazakh steppe after the Soyuz FG carrier rocket aborted its launch. The crew established contact, a source at the Baikonur Cosmodrome told TASS.
As the press office of Russia’s Central Military District reported, rescuers are evacuating the crew from the descent capsule and the crew members are in good condition.