In the recent development, a rocket booster which was carrying the Soyuz spacecraft has said to be failed in the mid-air on Thursday. The spacecraft is said to be carrying the US and Russian astronaut who are heading towards the International Space Station (ISS). It forces the crew to make an emergency landing after the engine failure.
US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin were said to be on board of Soyuz. The video footage which was obtained from the inside of the cabin shows that the two men were being shaken for a moment when the engine got fail with their arms and legs flailing.
Soyuz spacecraft was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The reporter who has observed this launch from 1KM away said that the launch has been smooth and good. The failure that has occurred in Soyuz must have occurred in higher altitude.
As per the reports, the Russian news agencies have said that the crew had safely made the emergency landing and were also in radio contact with the rescuers who were en route to pick them up.
NASA has said in a statement that the search and rescue teams are in the air and now heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft. The spacecraft has been returning to the Earth in which the two astronauts are present.
After this, it has been said that there will be no taxi service to the ISS until further notice has been issued. This means now neither Russia nor US can able to send their astronauts to space. Soyuz aircraft is the only means by which the astronauts are sent to the ISS since 2011.
The next Soyuz launch for the ISS was said to be scheduled for 20th December 2018, and this is said to be taking three new astronauts to the ISS. But after this incident. Russian Space Agency has grounded the rockets till the completion of the probe. Till now there is no word about the time that is needed for the completion of the probe.
According to Kenny Todd, who is the International Space Station Operations Integration Manager said that there is no timeframe for this till now. It can take two months or even six months so no one can say about this till now.
Seedhouse, who specializes in applied aviation sciences has estimated that it will be last for some few months.