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Russian Spacecraft Under Careful Scrutiny After ISS Air Leak Incident - Source

© Sputnik / Oleg Urusov / Go to the photo bankSpecialists of RSC Energia work to install the payload shroud on a manned "Soyuz TMA-02M" spacecraft in the assembly and test complex at Baikonur Cosmodrome, where work proceeds on building a "Soyuz-FG" space rocket
Specialists of RSC Energia work to install the payload shroud on a manned Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft in the assembly and test complex at Baikonur Cosmodrome, where work proceeds on building a Soyuz-FG space rocket - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Experts from the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation are checking the Soyuz MS-10 and Progress MS-11 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome after the air leak incident at the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS), a source in the rocket and space industry told Sputnik.

In late August, Roscosmos state space corporation head Dmitry Rogozin said an air leak and a subsequent drop in pressure occurred at the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS).

A view of Earth as seen from the Cupola on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station. Visible in the top left foreground is a Russian Soyuz crew capsule. In the lower right corner, a solar array panel can be seen. - Sputnik International
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The ISS crew managed to cope with the problem. Later, Rogozin told reporters that the incident was caused by a hole in the spacecraft's skin. which could have been caused by a deliberate drill impact.

“On Wednesday, a big group of experts from the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation and Energia’s Experimental Machine-building Plant arrived at Baikonur and started to work at the Soyuz MS-10 transport manned spacecraft … On one of the upcoming days, the experts will check whether the spacecraft was subjected to an improper impact,” the source said.

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The source pointed out that the spacecraft would be launched as planned on October 11, if no problems were found. According to the source, the experts will also check the Progress MS-11 spacecraft.

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