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NASA’s Chief Hopes The Next ISS Soyuz Mission To Be Launched In December

Jim Bridenstine—NASA’s Administrator—stated on October 23, 2018, that he anticipates the next launch by ISS’ (International Space Station) crew for launching a Soyuz spacecraft in December. This launch would be as an inquiry for a terminated launch previously done in this month.

In a meeting at the NSC (National Space Council) in Washington, Bridenstine asserted a confidence that the main reason for the fail on October 11, 2018, while launching the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft was known, allowing flights to start again. He further added that NASA is reassembling and planning to go again. This meeting was conducted concerning the issues about a planned Space Force. A Russian state commission—Roscosmos—is inspecting the failure of launch, which experienced an issue for 2 Minutes into the flight that brought about the Soyuz spacecraft’s abort system. Roscosmos reported on October 20, 2018, that it had obtained preliminary information on the accident and is expected to get a final report soon. The Russian agency did not reveal the details of that preliminary report, but conjecture has centered on an issue with one of the four sides of boosters that divided during the abort time of the launch. Bridenstine informed that Russia will conduct several launches of Soyuz rocket before flying a final Soyuz spacecraft with the crew.

Recently, NASA was also in news for delaying Space Coast launch. The launch of Space Coast has been delayed for at least a week, this NASA satellite is intended to discover the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The NASA’s satellite known as ICON (Ionospheric Connection Explorer) was planned to launch with Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket. The rocket drives under a plane, where it gets released and then launches in mid-air. Lately, during a function at the Kennedy Space Center, Bryan Baldwin—Pegasus’ Senior Director—stated the issue was sparked when the team saw data and it required more time to understand.