The Soyuz-FG rocket is the improved and latest version of Soyuz-U launcher that was constructed in Samara, Russia. FG stands for Forsunochnaya Golovka which means Injector Head. It is a medium-lift launch vehicle qualified for manned launches. This capsule can carry three crew members with food and water to be taken to the space station. It consists of two parts, the capsule, and the rocket. On October 11, 2018, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft was supposed to travel to International Space Station but surprisingly failed to continue as it had to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. NASA Astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely. It was just 2 minutes and 2 seconds after Soyuz liftoff when the capsule malfunction. Astronaut Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Ovchinin are generally Space Crews. Space crews are called cosmonauts once it comes from Russia while those who come from the United States, Canada, and Japan are called as astronauts.
The world was surprised to know that Russian spacecraft failed to get to space. Russia is very confident that this is not the last time that Soyuz FG will launch.
The aborted trip of Soyuz FG became a challenge that Russia is preparing for. Russia believes that Soyuz will launch again and it will carry its mission to travel in space more efficiently than previous Soyuz did. The first Soyuz launched in 1967 followed by the second generation in 1973. The third generation was freed in 1976. The Space Industry in Russia has established a good name over the world as it has produced different types, styles, and models of aircraft. The producer of the Soyuz FG is the TsSKB-Progress while it is not the largest company in the industry.
Soyuz rocket has been the most trusted launch vehicle though this is not the first ever failure that happened in its history. NASA experienced the same failures and there were reportedly astronauts who died during the mission, some of them died altogether in one mission.
There isn’t any final conclusion yet as to how Soyuz really failed but the Manned Flights at Roscosmos identified the separation of the first and second stages that caused the failure. It was an issue with the Booster as quoted by NASA. There was an untimely collision that occurred between the first stage and the second stage that caused the rocket to malfunction.
Soyuz has to recover since it has caused technological incompetence among the Russians who are exceptionally famous for spaceships. Those people who witnessed the fall of Soyuz expressed their dismay but totally believed that this is just Soyuz’s way of getting the attention of the world for its next launch. Soyuz is not returning soon, it will prove the world that it can enjoy its trip to space soon.
A continuous investigation is being held to further explain what happened to the Soyuz rocket. This is also to prepare the space vehicle into a real success to its trip to space. Astronaut Hague trusted his training for 20 years as he successfully executed the procedures after seeing the booster malfunctioned. Currently, the astronaut and the cosmonauts who survived the Soyuz failure enjoy being with their family until their next trip to space.