June 29, 2015
Categories: Falcon, ISS, Russia, Soyuz, Space, USA

American booster Falcon 9 produced by SpaceX Company failed to reacth the International Space Station exploding 2 minutes 19 seconds after the lift-off and that was a serious blow for NASA, – Breitbart news website reports.

“It is still unclear how long will SpaceX rocket accident cause investigation take but until it is finished no space device of this company can be used in the framework of ISS maintenance”.

The media also points out that after SpaceX failure Russian Soyuz TMA-17M manned spacecraft practically remains the major means of cargo delivery to the ISS despite all political sanctions imposed against Russia by the West.

The website also reminds of April Progress cargo vehicle accident when the vehicle was not inserted into the target orbit with all communication with it lost. It happened in the result off-nominal 3rd stage separation because of fuel tanks depressurization.

Due to this accident Roscosmos shifted next Progress launch from August 6 to July 3 planning to use previous version of most reliable Soyuz-U booster.

Now NASA will have to buy a seat onboard Russian vehicles, – Cnadian The Globe and Mail writes.

The next Falcon-Dragon cluster can be launched not earlier that December 2017.

Falcon 9 was one-use American booster of Falcon series developed by Space X private company. It was supposed that the booster can be used to deliver to the space both cargoes and people. According to the contract with NASA Space X committed to accomplish 12 launches to the ISS. In September 2014 along with Boeing the company won the contract for manned flights to the ISS valued at about 6,8 billion dollars.

Falcon 9 booster can be used for Dragon commercial manned spacecraft launch as well as its cargo analogue to deliver cargoes to the ISS. These vehicles were also developed by SpaceX.

 

More from this category:
January 17, 2020

At the “Vostochny” cosmodrome the joint team of specialists from the Vostochny Space Center and the “Progress” RSC (parts of Roscosmos State Corporation) in accordance…

full story
April 12, 2019

Mankind always dreamed of overcoming gravitation. But it was only in the 1961 that this dream was to become reality. On the 12th of April…

full story
October 28, 2015

Russian cosmonauts will fly to the Moon in 2029, RSC Energia Head Vladimir Solntsev said. Manned flight to the Moon with further landing is planned…

full story
April 14, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the hope for future cooperation with International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). On Friday, April 11 Vladimir Putin had a…

full story
June 27, 2016

Baikonur spaceport saw traditional flag raising ceremony taking place at pad #17 in front of  “Cosmonaut” hotel. Soyuz MS main and back-up crew members raised…

full story
June 21, 2013

Fragments of a Russian cargo spacecraft that undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) last week splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, mission…

full story
July 8, 2018

On July 7, 2018, the “Soyuz-2.1a” launch vehicle with “Progress-MS-09” transport cargo spacecraft was transported to launch pad № 31 of the Baikonur cosmodrome and…

full story
October 20, 2014

At 04:30 on October 18 Proton-M booster Briz-M upper stage and Express-AM6 satellite was transported from fuel servicing area where Briz-M low-pressure tanks were filled…

full story