Roscosmos to enhance control of Soyuz rocket engines’ production

Roscosmos to enhance control of Soyuz rocket engines' production. © RIA Novosti. Oleg Urusov

MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti)

A special commission investigating the causes of the August 24 failed launch  of Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket has recommended enhancing the control of the  production of engines for Soyuz rockets, Russian space agency Roscosmos  said.

A Soyuz rocket engine failure resulted in the loss of the Progress  M-12M space freighter on August 24, the first loss of a Progress freighter
in the history of Russia’s space industry. The freighter failed to separate from  the rocket and fell in South Siberia’s Altai Republic.

A clogged fuel supply pipe caused the engine failure, the  commission discovered, describing the defect as “accidental,” Roscosmos said.
However, the space agency said, the commission still recommended introducing additional control procedures to ensure that other  similar engines do not have same defects.

The recommendation follows an order by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin  to review and improve control procedures in the space industry that came after  the August 24 accident, another one is a series of misfortunes faced by Russia’s  space industry over the last nine months.

After the retirement of the U.S. shuttle fleet earlier this summer, Russian  Soyuz spacecraft became the only way for astronauts to reach the ISS until at  least the middle of the decade. NASA is paying its Russian counterpart Roscosmos  more than $1 billion for crew transport services over the next four years.

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