The Russian corporation "Energy", specializing in the production of rocket and space technology, will thoroughly check for the presence of marriage all the Soyuz and Progress ships, which are now located on the territory of the Baikonur cosmodrome and the city of Korolev.
The executives of the corporation believe that such a measure is simply necessary in the current situation after an alarming incident with an air leak due to a hole in the Soyuz MS-09 building, docked to the International Space Station as part of the next mission.
It is noted that in the Queen in the coming days will begin a corresponding check, and in Baikonur the same will be done next week. Kazakhstan currently has three spacecraft: the Soyuz MS-11, which is scheduled to launch in December 2018, the Soyuz MS-10 manned transport vehicle, which will go into orbit on October 10, and the Progress MS- ten".
In addition to the wave of checks of existing devices, "Energy" does not stop in the production of new ones. So, for example, the next “truck” of the Progress family is almost ready, which in early February 2019 will be sent to the ISS. If we take all the devices that are in the final stages of production, then there are more than ten of them. The creation of a single sample takes up to 2.5 years.
Recall that the incident with air leakage in the Russian segment of the ISS occurred on the night of August 30. A small crack was found in the household compartment of the Soyuz MS-09 ship docked to the station.
The reasons for the formation of holes were not immediately established: the version of a collision with a small meteorite or space debris was originally considered. Then the experts still determined that the hole appeared from the drill. According to the source, the employee, who allowed the marriage, sealed the crack with glue, but in orbit the substance dried and crumbled, which eventually provoked a dangerous situation on board.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roskosmos, later confirmed the version of the manufacturing defect, and a serious investigation began on September 3 at Energia Corporation.