Russian space agency commission finds Soyuz rocket failure traced to faulty on-site assembly

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The recent Soyuz-FG carrier rocket failure was caused by a malfunctioning sensor damaged during the rocket’s assembly at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Russian space agency commission said, adding that it was not a design error. It was a collision of elements during the separation of the carrier rocket’s first and second stages that led to the abortive launch of the Soyuz MS-10 rocket carrying Russian commander Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague to the International Space Station on October 11. The collision itself was provoked by a deformation of the detector that signals separation of the stages, the commission established by the Russian space agency Roscosmos has found. “It has been proven and supported by the documented evidence that the sensor [failure] is to blame for the accident,” said the the commission chief Oleg Skorobogatov. He explained that “it could have happened only during the … rocket on-site assembling at the Baikonur Cosmodrome,” ruling out any…

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