The expert group, engaged in identifying the causes of the accident of the Russian Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, is inclined to believe that those responsible for assembling the aircraft are to blame. Thus, the version of the production defect is discarded.
After the crash, parts of the destroyed rocket were assembled and sent to the table by experts from the Samara rocket-space center Progress, where they were closely examined. Most experts agree that the accident occurred due to an error during the connection of the side blocks to the second stage of Soyuz-FG even before the start. It is possible that the damage was caused when the crane lifted the side unit.
At the end of this week, the public will receive a full report on the causes of the incident.
The first in the history of Russian manned cosmonautics, which shocked the whole world, happened on October 11. According to the plan, the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, which was supposed to deliver the Soyuz MS-10 truck to the orbit with new members of the ISS crew represented by Russian Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Haig. Only two minutes passed, when the second-stage engines stopped working. The astronauts were forced to perform an emergency landing. Both of them remained alive and did not receive any injuries.
The next flight of the "Union" to the International Space Station with a new crew is scheduled for early December 2018. NASA said that the accident did not affect the relationship with Roskosmos, the credibility of the Russian technology will not decrease. As for Ovchinin and Haig, who, no doubt, experienced an emotional shock, they will go into space in the spring of next year.