Video of Soyuz Launch and Abort

The anomaly begins at about 2 minutes 42 seconds into the video. You can see the crew being bounced around. The separation of the four booster rockets from the first stage appears to be abnormal.

Below is a comparison of normal booster separation and what happened earlier today.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Thank God they landed safely. You play technology roulette long enough and the odds catch up to you. Especially if it’s using an outdated system with a quality control system that appears to be failing.

    Looks like the ISS crew is stuck there for a while, with the Soyuz with the drill hole in it. Not good!

  • Robert G. Oler

    Interesting video the morse code was interesting and fun to practice my Russkie

    three points

    1. the PAO is clueless take the script away from her and well…

    2. so many people on the ground to support 6 in orbit

    3. this along with everything else that has happened in the Russian space program should worry us all that the program is near collapse

    SLS and orion are a major drag on American space efforts and should be ended. Commercial crew should be given a top priority to get flying

    the ISS is a major American investment and wehave left a failing space effort in its critical path. Nice

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    The Russians are probably going to need financial assistance to pay for the investigation. Likely the fix is inexperience or deviation from established procedure unless the design has changed over the years. I understand they were working to remove Ukrainian dependencies over the past decade but I believe those were changes to the Soyuz itself.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    D00d! You can listen in on not only Morse Code, but Russian Morse Code! !!! You have an interesting past!

  • redneck

    Stuck until people start making judgement calls. How many successful Dragon 1 landings so far without failure? How much elapsed time from ISS departure until surface vessel rendezvous in the Pacific? Max gees? Difficulty in bolting in life support for that duration and gee load?

  • duheagle

    RGO is an airline pilot who flies long-haul international routes.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Sure, and if he was trained back in ‘the day’ he has to know how to transcribe VOR ID’s in morse. But … in Russian morse?

  • duheagle

    Doing some kind of quick-and-dirty refit of a Dragon 1 is pointless. There’s a Dragon 2 nearly ready to go on an unmanned test flight and docking exercise. It needs to launch ASAP and stay at ISS after it docks as a good-for-6-months lifeboat so the current crew doesn’t have to rely on the Soyuz with a hole in it (and Lord knows what else wrong with it). That buys time to get the next Dragon 2 ready to carry crew. That mission should be for a full-length stay, not a quick up-and-down test. The currently-docked iffy Soyuz should be detached and deorbited. Dragon 2 should carry all American crew – and any Russians who want to come along – up and back from ISS until Starliner can join the party. Under no circumstances should any American – except for space tourists who are willing to take the chance – ever ride either up or downhill again in a Soyuz.

  • Pete Zaitcev

    It’s the same as everyone else’s Morse. Just has some letters exchanged, like Щ for Q.

  • duheagle

    I’ll bow to Pete on this one – especially given his last name. As for RGO, he has said he flies regularly to and from Turkey, which once shared a border with the Soviet Union and, even now, is only a couple small countries away from Russia.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    “so the current crew doesn’t have to rely on the Soyuz with a hole in it (and Lord knows what else wrong with it)”
    They had a permanent fix for that hole…but now with this…that bubble gum will never make it up there. lol

    Also, I’m looking forward to the US having 2 brand new spaceships, and then if the Russians want to get to the ISS, they can pay a small fortune for those seats…just like they have been doing to us.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Another area the Russians need to upgrade is with their tracking cameras. In the U.S. there would have been multiple views of it from multiple angles. Or more likely the Russians are just not sharing those images, like in the old Soviet days.

  • windbourne

    what airline?

  • Robert G. Oler

    OH thanks…my Russian learned during the Cold war and Mir days had atrophied until my old employer sent me to Aeroflot for a time…that picked it up and now trips to the former Soviet Union and its old republics keep it “sort of warm” along with Russian TV and now Russian ISS contacts

    the other day we went to Moscow (I have a 15 year Russian visa) and on the way one of the cabin crew forgot her passport but had her landing card so all I had to do was talk to the Customs head.

    I asked the Russian speaker in the cabin crew to stay near me…but for 15 minutes me and the Col. had a nice conversation with Natasha only smiling a few tiems…as we shook hands the Col looked at me and goes “Very good Russian Captain” in perfect BBC english. 🙂 To bad I was in uniform and had to turn down the Vodka. 🙂

  • Pete Zaitcev

    I should note that the transmitted code, “AN”, means “booster failure”. Which is completely useless and a vestige of the 1960s.

  • duheagle

    RGO hasn’t said. Bob? You want to answer windbourne’s question?

  • cageordie

    Nice. I came here looking for confirmation of what I thought I saw. They are bloody lucky this happened at a decent altitude. Turning sideways in atmosphere would probably have led to complete breakup and a spectacular fireball.