The Soyuz accident will affect the operation of the International Space Station (ISS) which may even remain unmanned, according to the Executive Director of the Russian space holding Roskosmos, Sergei Krikalev.The International Space Station (ISS) is likely to remain unmanned following the Soyuz-FG launcher accident, which prevented the delivery of two new crewmembers in orbit. said Thursday Sergei Krikalev, executive director of the Russian space holding Roskosmos.
"Theoretically it is possible. We will try to avoid it, but we need to look at concrete timetables and projects, "Krikalev told the question of whether the ISS can remain uninhabited.
According to Krikalev, the shooting schedule for the ISS will also change, as will the departure date of the astronauts currently in orbit.
"The date of takeoff of the next cargo ship should change […]. We review our cooperation with our partners, study the possibility of modifying the program and the dates of the firing, "added Krikalev.
According to the Roskosmos representative, the spacewalk scheduled for November 15 to examine the hole in the outer wall of the Soyuz vessel will also be postponed.
The Soyuz-FG launcher with the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft took off on October 11 at 11:40 Moscow time (10:40 am Paris time) from the Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station (ISS).
A Soyuz-FG failure occurred two minutes after take-off. The Soyuz MS-10 capsule landed not far from the Kazakh city of Jezkazgan. Russian Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Hague, who were aboard the Soyuz MS-10, are unscathed.
This is the first accident of a Soyuz-FG launcher in 35 years.
Russia has suspended all manned flights to the ISS, which are currently conducted only from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and on Soyuz vessels, until the end of the investigation.