Soyuz Failure Was ‘Singular Occasion,’ Russian Space Chief Says [AP via Google News]

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Vladimir Popovkin, head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said Oct. 7 that inspections have found that the Soyuz rockets intended to carry crew and cargo to the international space station do not have the flaw that caused the crash of an unmanned cargo ship bound for the station in August, the Associated Press reported.

A check of 18 rocket engines from the same batch found no faults, Popovkin told Russian lawmakers. “That allows us to say that it was a singular occasion,” he said of the Aug. 24 failure of a Soyuz rocket carrying a Progress capsule filled with supplies for the space station.

 

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