Russia's Next Mission to ISS May Launch on December 3

Russia suspended all launches after the accident on October 11 unprecedented for Russia's post Soviet manned launches that saw the rocket fail minutes after blast-off

Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday it hopes to resume manned missions with a three-person launch to the ISS on 3 December.

An investigation has found that a failed Russian rocket launch three weeks ago that aborted after just two minutes was caused by a sensor that was damaged during assembly, a top Russian official said on Thursday.

The rocket had been transporting two personnel, one Russian and one American, to the International Space Station (ISS) when they had to abort.

It was the third launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia's northern Plesetsk launch pad this year, the military said.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin and United States astronaut Nick Hague were aboard the capsule bound for the ISS and were unhurt in the incident, according to reports.

Roscosmos is due to hold a press conference Thursday to further detail the findings of the accident probe.

The current crew working aboard the ISS since June 6 consists of Sergei Prokopyev of Russia, Serena Maria Aunon-Chancellor of the United States, and Alexander Gerst of Germany.

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What happened during the flight?

"This is the first launch of a rocket from the Soyuz family since the October 11 accident", Russia's space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

Krikalyov on Wednesday reiterated Roskosmos's earlier statements saying that the malfunction was caused by a collision of the first and second stages of the rocket during the first stage separation.

Despite their dramatic descent and landing, both men were recovered unharmed, the space agencies said.

Russian rockets are manufactured in Russia and then transported by rail to the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome.

Speaking at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Krikalev said the sensor in question "should signal the removal of the first rocket stage from the second".

Russian Federation is the only country now able to send crew to the ISS, after Nasa's Space Shuttle programme ended in 2011. They have been driven to do this because, at present, the Soyuz spacecraft is the only means by which NASA, Russia, and their worldwide partners have of getting people to and from the station.


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