[FPSPACE] Sabotage by US crew reportedly being studied as possible cause of Soyuz leak

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Thu Sep 13 04:21:27 EDT 2018


On the technical side of this, is a tiny leak like this located by shutting
hatches in rotation, to narrow down the space from which air is leaking?

- Keith.

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 11:13 PM, IVANOVICH Grujica (EnergyQ) <
grujica.ivanovich at energyq.com.au> wrote:

> Thanks Phillip,
>
> Agree, let’s see official announcement.
> What ever is the cause, I do hope a very effective and strong positive
> relationship between the ISS’ partners will not be affected. Also, mission
> planners will learn more how to manage risks aboard ISS more effectivelly
> in the future.
>
> Aside, the first meeting of two new leaders of Roskosmos and NASA is
> planned in Oct, after the launch of Soyuz MS-10.
> A note that docking is planned based on a 3-orbit scheme tested during the
> last Progress mission.
>
> G
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On 13 Sep 2018, at 6:59 am, Phillip Clark <phillipclark at btinternet.com>
> wrote:
>
> *At present the major problem appears to be that political allegiances are
> getting in the way of considered analysis and deductions.   It would be
> convenient for the Russians if they could prove sabotage by a non-Russian
> crew member, while in the USA the Russian claims will be automatically
> ignored without considering any evidence that the Russians might eventually
> provide.*
>
>
>
> *Let us wait and see what the hard evidence shows.*
>
>
>
> *Phillip Clark*
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> *From:* FPSPACE <fpspace-bounces at mail.friends-partners.org> *On Behalf Of
> *bart hendrickx
> *Sent:* 12 September 2018 10:08
> *To:* fpspace at mail.friends-partners.org
> *Subject:* [FPSPACE] Sabotage by US crew reportedly being studied as
> possible cause of Soyuz leak
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> https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3738617
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> The Kommersant newspaper quotes a “highly placed source” in the space
> industry as saying that a leading theory for the cause of the Soyuz leak
> now being studied is that one of the US astronauts deliberately drilled a
> hole in the Soyuz orbital module to speed up the crew’s return to Earth. It
> is suspected that one of the US crew may be suffering from a medical
> condition that would require him to return to Earth early. Quoting its
> source, Kommersant says : “The urgent evacuation of the entire crew from
> the station would have allowed him to undergo full medical treatment and
> the orbital module (where the leak was discovered) would have burned up in
> the atmosphere. In case of a medical emergency the Americans would have to
> pay for a new ship”. According to Kommersant, Roscosmos has asked NASA to
> hand over private medical data on the US astronauts and also video footage
> showing the astronauts’ whereabouts.
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> As TASS reported this morning, a Roscosmos official has declined to react
> to the story, saying he will refrain from any comments on media stories
> until the results of the investigation are officially presented.
>
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> Answering a question about the status of the investigation yesterday,
> Roscosmos chief Dmitri Rogozin said “the situation has turned out to be
> much more complex than we thought”. After an internal investigation by RKK
> Energiya (which seemingly has found no evidence for any damage to the
> vehicle done deliberately or inadvertently on the ground), the
> investigation has now been turned over to a Roscosmos commission headed by
> Rogozin’s first deputy Nikolai Sevastyanov. Rogozin said yesterday that
> law-enforcement officials are taking part in the investigation.
>
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>
> So the reasoning apparently is that the US crew wanted to cover up a
> medical condition and sabotaged the Soyuz, allowing them to return to Earth
> early for treatment and hoping that the evidence would burn up on re-entry.
> By making it look as if the emergency return was caused by a technical
> rather than a medical problem, NASA would not have to pay for a new Soyuz
> to send up a replacement crew. All this seems to border on paranoia, but
> Kommersant is not some sensationalist tabloid newspaper and the Russians
> may well be looking at this as a serious possibility. Note that Rogozin has
> earlier alluded to the fact that the crew itself may have been responsible
> for the leak.
>
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> Bart Hendrickx
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