Date: 6 months ago   Category: Hi-Tech

Diversion or oversight? Mass media have reported from where in the Union spaceship there was a hole


We will remind that leak of oxygen on the Russian segment of the International Space Station has been found by astronauts on August 30. The Russian crew has noted pressure decrease. After a while also the cause of the incident has been found. It has turned out that in an internal covering of the Union of MS-09 ship there is "microcrack". Astronauts have taken measures for the emergency repair of the station, having closed up a hole epoxy resin, and then have in addition covered the place of a gap with sealant for reliability.

has appeared specification Later that it is any not a microcrack, but the real hole, on external signs, looking as an opening from a drill. She settled down in a household compartment, but not in the lander therefore didn't threaten return of the spaceship to Earth. From where has she undertaken there? Have initially thought on a possibility of micrometeoric blow, however later in media information that the hole in a covering of "Union" could appear at a stage of assembly of the spacecraft has appeared.

In the Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) is created the commission which at the moment is engaged in studying of circumstances of an incident and also looks for responsible. The official report on results of check is planned to be submitted in the middle of September, however some sources already report that the opening from a drill which could appear in the shop of the general assembly of the ships in situated near Moscow to the Queen, but not on Baikonur or in space became the reason of depressurization of "Union". "The commission which continues to study the event reasons inclines to opinion that the opening has been made in a household compartment of the Union ship at a spaceship fabrication stage in the assembly shop", - RIA Novosti news agency quotes the words of an anonymous source from the Russian space branch. An inspection of the complaint book and remarks which is available on everyone released Experimental Engineering Plant (is a part of RSC Energia) to the ship is at the moment carried out. In her all remarks which come to light during assembly and tests of the spacecraft at the test bench are noted. Here the certified documents approving elimination of the found problems are put. "The concrete remark on the drilled opening and the measures taken on his elimination is looked for", - the interlocutor of the agency has explained. According to other source, some employees of the assembly shop knew about production defect as "work on his elimination on Earth at assembly was carried out". The source has also explained that at the last stage of assembly of the device when "Union" has been already almost fully completed by the equipment, the opening has been closed up by special glue (existence of signs of glue near a hole has been noted by astronauts of the ISS). However it is unclear whether it was reported in the book of remarks.

Besides, has been noted impossibility to do a hole in "Union" already directly on Baikonur. "It is the operation which isn't provided by documentation. On the ground the ship has to arrive in the ready and completed look, and that

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