[FPSPACE] More information on Soyuz issue

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Thu Sep 13 11:03:48 EDT 2018

   When a politician cries "sabotage!"  one usually suspects he is in a
tight spot.

      We know that astronauts of all states eagerly look forward to their
spaceflight as the highlight of their life, an opportunity rarely repeated.
Having always to wait not months but years for a spaceflight, it is
unlikely in the extreme that any of them would seek to end a spaceflight
early. They are more likely to wish to prolong their spaceflight experience.

    That said, an international partnership requires that all allegations
are dealt with civilly & courteously.

- Keith.

On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 4:22 PM, Peter Pesavento <pjp961 at svol.net> wrote:

> Our own Anatoly Zak has some new information about this on his
> Russianspaceweb site.
> http://www.russianspaceweb.com/soyuz-ms-09-hole.html#0913
> No American space farer did this.  It was found by RKK Energia engineers
> that a half-meter-long space drill would be needed to drill the hole at the
> required angle….
> *Russian officials back "production defect" theory in the Soyuz accident*
> On September 11, Sergei Saveliev, Deputy Director General at Roskosmos,
> announced that the State Corporation would inform all its partners on the
> results of the investigation into the Soyuz leak and would seek other
> agencies' endorsement of the Russian conclusions.
> The next day, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, who was appointed
> <http://www.russianspaceweb.com/centers_industry_2010s.html#borisov> in
> May to oversee the rocket industry
> <http://www.russianspaceweb.com/centers_industry.html>, said that it
> would be absolutely unacceptable to drop even a shadow of an accusation
> either on cosmonauts or astronauts while the investigation was in progress.
> "It is not excluded that the culprit is in a production defect (and) many
> theories can be drawn up," Borisov was quoted as saying by the official
> Russian media, "The fact remains, the pressure began falling after several
> months of the ship's presence in orbit. The hole is very small, it is good
> that it was noticed in time and taken care of."
> According to Borisov, the ISS crew is a united collective where there are
> no political disagreements. "Today, before the conclusion of the
> investigation, hanging labels and doing a witch hunt is, mildly speaking,
> shortsighted and dangerous," Borisov said.
> Borisov's statement also coincided with the report that early simulations
> performed on the ground by investigators at the spacecraft manufacturer,
> RKK Energia, *showed a need for a half-a-meter-long drill in order to
> make a hole inside the cramped compartment under the required angle*.
> However, the same hole could be easily made inside the unfurnished Habitation
> Module <http://www.russianspaceweb.com/soyuz_bo.html> during its
> assembly, industry sources said quoted by *RIA Novosti*.
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