The safe return of the ISS crew, who had to abort their launch, proves the reliability of the Soyuz system, a former cosmonaut told RT, joking that now just flight attendants and comfy seats are needed to improve the experience.
Aleksandr Lazutkin, who traveled to the Soviet Unions Mir space station, said that the rescue operation to retrieve Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague, who were forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday, shortly after take-off, was nearly flawless, “like a Swiss watch.” Despite Thursdays scare, Lazutkin also heaped praise on Russias Soyuz spacecraft.
“There was an emergency situation with the booster. But the emergency system to save the crew performed great – so the main thing was to get these people back to earth unharmed, and this is what happened.”
The pair were uninjured and didnt need to be hospitalized.
Recalling his own flights into space, Lazutkin told RT that he felt “completely at ease” during his launches.
“I dont know of any technology that would be more reliable than the Soyuz craft. Its not as comfortable as the newer crafts, but its very reliable.”
The retired cosmonaut also joked: “Of course, I would prefer nice seats with flight attendants, but of course at the moment, we dont have that. Thats in the future.”
Lazutkin also dismissed the notion that Thursdays accident would ground space flights for an extended period of time, pointing out that flights will have to continue to resupply the International Space Station.
“Everything will be done, first of all, to understand what happened, but I dont think theres going to be much of a delay. The next flight is going to be delayed a bit – just a bit.”
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