The Russians are moving fast. After one of their missiles malfunctioned last month, making an automatic abortion, Roscosmos, the county's space agency, says he knows what happened and how to fix it. Instead of delaying the next flight with astronauts – originally scheduled for December 20 – it costs the launch until Dec. 3.
"I would have been on Soyuz the next day," she told reporters on Friday.
On October 11, a Soviet Soyuz rocket suffered a failure of less than three minutes when one of the side boosters failed to part properly and entered the rocket.
Roscosmos said that the fault was caused by a defective "damaged" sensor during the assembly of the rocket that caused the separation problem booster. Since the accident, Russia has flown Soyuz three times without teams successfully, restoring confidence in the system.
In an interview on Friday, NASA's director, Jim Breedenstein, said that "Roskosmos" was "very transparent. They shared with us all the data we need to be certain and sure that we understand the problem and that it has been resolved. "
He said that the flight was moved to "bring our staff there as soon as possible" since the last mission failed. Scott Kelly, NASA's former astronaut who spent almost a year in space, said it made sense, considering that two of the three crew members on the next flight were "novices" who had never been in space. "I could see why they wanted to pass the flight earlier if they could do it safely."
Although the last game was troubling, the last mission was seen within NASA as a "very successful failed launch," as Breidenstein said, because the crew returned to Earth safely After the plane collided with the rocket, the spacecraft immediately retreated from the rocket, carrying the astronauts Rossi One, one American – on a wild walk near the edge of space.
During the escape, the duo were put back in their seats, they experienced 7 Gs, or seven times the force of gravity. NASA astronaut Nick Hague recently told reporters that the first thing he saw was "shaken violently from side to side. The alarm sounded, a light flashed and "once I saw the light, I knew we had an emergency with the accelerator."
The Hague and his Russian colleague, Alexei Ovczyn, were also immediately rescued by rescue teams, a far better result than a mad abortion in 1975 when the Soviet cosmonauts landed in a remote part of eastern Russia on a snowy slope of a mountain and almost fell off a cliff. (They were placed a day later.) But even when miscarriages go right they are not supposed to happen in the first place. It was close to what is known in the space industry as a "bad day." Space travel is inherently dangerous, but NASA and its partners are trying to buy the risk.
It seems "a very simple mistake in the assembly they made as they put the rocket together," said Wayne Hale, formerly NASA's space shuttle program. "It has nothing to do with basic planning."
Fault Following the discovery of a small hole, drilled a mysterious source in one part.
The hole is the subject of a separate investigation by Roscosmos. The Russians flooded the idea of sabotage. The hole was blurred lightly after it was created, and when the repair failed a small air leak from the station triggered alarms. The hole has since been repaired again and is not considered a threat to Soyuz's entrance because it is part of the spacecraft being thrown into space.
The two exceptions – failure to launch and hole Soyuz – almost regardless, according to industry experts. But this business wants the current number of anomalies under investigation to be zero, not two.
Breidenstein said the pair of problems "raises questions," but did not want to respond until the investigation was completed.
The events also serve as a reminder that Soyuz is the only way people can reach the International Space Station. If Soyuz was to be grounded for an extended period of time NASA and its partners might have to abandon the station temporarily.
"I would not put the team at risk of keeping it," said Mike Suffardini, president and CEO of ECSium, which develops private space stations.
Similarly, the NASA safety advisory team said last month that with the desire to stay on schedule "there is potential for the workforce – striving to meet unrealistic dates and pressures to" get on it "- will be subtly eroded in sound decision making as suggested in the" .
McClane said she was sure Rosamosus had corrected the problem by asking "the three important questions: what happened, why it happened, and how we promise it will not happen again, no one is going to give a green light until these questions are answered."