Articles

Expertsii » technology » Russian Spacecraft Crashes – ISS Crew May Have To Stay Longer

Russian Spacecraft Crashes – ISS Crew May Have To Stay Longer

Russian spacecraft Progress M12-M crashes - ISS crew may have to stay longer than they expected.

Russian spacecraft Progress M12-M crashes - ISS crew may have to stay longer than they expected.

On Wednesday, an unmanned Russian spacecraft, Progress M12-M which was to deliver supplies to the International Space Station where six astronauts are working, did not reach orbit and as a result it burned in the atmosphere, with debris falling to earth in Siberia. It has not been determined if there were any injuries on the ground due to the debris, but is thought that this is unlikely since the debris has fallen in Altai province in Russia, some 1,500km northeast of the launch site.

Apparently the failure was due to a booster rocket malfunction and means that the 3.5 tons of supplies on board the Progress spacecraft were also lost, and the astronauts aboard the ISS no longer have the expected docking to look forward to on 26 August.

More than that though, because of the loss of this freighter, the launch of the next Soyuz TMA-22 spaceship which was scheduled for next month, may have to be delayed while investigations into the cause of the crash are conducted, and this means that those astronauts aboard the ISS may be extending their stay until the problems with the rockets are resolved.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA has completed its 30 year space program and is relying on the Russians to deliver astronauts and supplies to and from the ISS until companies in the United States can safely take over the launches. However, supplies and equipment were taken to the ISS by the final U.S. shuttle missions of Endeavour in May and Discovery in July of this year.

Posted by

Eric is an unashamed techno-geek (with an odd love of the outdoors) and one of the few people who can start a conversation in a roomful of similarly inclined techies and end up being the focal point for a crowd ... he also has the benefit of being able to speak and write in ways that are understandable to normal humans.

Filed under: technology · Tags: , , , , , , , ,