NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has shared the following statement on Twitter @JimBridenstine.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in good condition following today’s aborted launch. I’m grateful that everyone is safe. A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted. Full statement below:
The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, October 11 (2:40 p.m. in Baikonur) carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft.
Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site. Hague and Ovchinin are out of the capsule and are reported to be in good condition. They will be transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside of Moscow.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully. NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew. Safety of the crew is the utmost priority for NASA. A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted.
6 thoughts on “Statement on Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort”
Thank god, I’m glad they are OK! I hope they go up again soon.
The term ‘ballistic landing’ of the space craft is unclear to me. Does this mean free fall with or without deployment of parachutes, or restraining the fall with retro rockets, or uncontrolled dropping?
The term ‘ballistic landing’ refers to a spacecraft returning to Earth at a sharper angle than normal creating higher gravitational forces on the vehicle and the crew.
C’est une chute pas trop contrôlée! Heureusement, ils sont bien revenus sur Terre en bon état!
It’s with deployment of parachutes but at a sharper angle then when normally lading. I believe the retro rockets come into play here as well
C’est une chute plus ou moins contrôlée! Pas trop en faite! C’est manuel comme manoeuvre. Heureuse qu’ils soient rentrés en bon état!