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Russian space agency Roscosmos said Friday that the reason for the Soyuz rocket failure on August 24 was a production line defect.
The six astronauts on the International Space Station are safe and continuing their normal work after the loss of their space-bound cargo craft on 24 August.
Astronauts may be forced to abandon the International Space Station (ISS) in November if last week’s engine failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket is not diagnosed and fixed.
The Russian space agency said today that a Soyuz rocket successfully carried six US Globalstar satellites into orbit on Wednesday after postponing the launch twice earlier this week.
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which has been given some much needed updating, was lifted into launch position on Sunday in preparation for a launch to the International Space Station (ISS) this week.
A spokesman for launch operators Arianespace said on Tuesday that the maiden launch of the veteran Soviet-Russian rocket Soyuz from Europe's space base in South America has been scheduled for October.
The official ceremony marking ESAâ€™s handover of the Soyuz launch site to Arianespace took place today at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in French Guiana, after the site was declared ready for the first flight and the completion of a simulated launch campaign.
The final countdown before its maiden flight later this year has begun for Soyuz with a simulated launch campaign at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in French Guiana.
The Russian Soyuz chief constructor said on Tuesday that the spacecraft set to launch in December has suffered damage to its container during transit.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that the country would provide $800 million to help jump start the construction of a new cosmodrome to ease its dependence on a Soviet-era launch site in Kazakhstan.
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