Next ISS Crew Launch Delayed Due to Soyuz Defect

Next ISS Crew Launch Delayed Due to Soyuz Defect

Russia’s official news agency Itar-Tass is reporting today that the launch of the next International Space Station (ISS) crew will be delayed because of a defective instrument on the crew’s Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft.

The announcement comes just hours after the successful landing of Soyuz TMA-04M with its three-person crew.

Itar-Tass quotes Vladimir Popovkin, director of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, as saying that an otherwise unnamed instrument must be removed from Soyuz TMA-06M, replaced, and tested.  That will delay the planned October 15 launch until later in the month — no earlier than October 20, he indicated.

The spacecraft is to take Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford to the ISS.


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