Commission investigating Soyuz booster failure to present findings in late October

Commission investigating Soyuz booster failure to present findings in late October

The special commission investigating the cause of the Soyuz booster failure is expected to present its first findings in late October, the executive director of manned space programs at the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos, Sergey Krikalev, said

Meanwhile, a space industry source told Sputnik that the Soyuz MS-14 unmanned spacecraft, which is expected to be launched in 2019, maybe re-equipped for manned flight following the Soyuz booster failure.

"Most likely, the Soyuz MS-14, which is scheduled to be launched in September 2019, will be re-equipped as an ordinary manned spacecraft," Sputnik cited the source as saying.

The comment was made after an accident occurred yesterday during the liftoff of a Soyuz-FG launch vehicle carrying the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with two new members of the ISS crew on board — Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague. The crew has safely returned to Earth in a jettisoned escape capsule.

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