Weak Simulations, Inadequate Software & Mismanagement caused Schiaparelli Crash Landing

The European Space Agency concluded its inquiry into the crash landing of the experimental Schiaparelli Mars Lander last October, citing a lack of understanding and modeling of parachute dynamics experienced at high speed, insufficient failure identification and recovery options in the craft’s software and mismanagement of subcontractors & hardware acceptance as contributing factors for the botched landing sequence.

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ISS Welcomes Soyuz MS-04 & Two Crew Members after Speedy Rendezvous

Russia’s Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, carrying a reduced crew of two, chased down the International Space Station for a speedy rendezvous on Thursday, bringing its veteran commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer to their orbital destination just six hours after blasting off from Kazakhstan.

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Video: Soyuz MS-04 Docks with ISS after Expedited Rendezvous

Russia’s Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, carrying a reduced crew of two, chased down the International Space Station for a speedy rendezvous on Thursday, bringing its veteran commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer to their orbital destination just six hours after blasting off from Kazakhstan.

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Videos: Soyuz FG Launches from Baikonur with Soyuz MS-04 & Two ISS Crew Members

A Russian Soyuz FG rocket, currently the longest-serving members of the Soyuz rocket fleet, lifted off from Site 1/5 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 20, 2017 to lift into orbit the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft with veteran commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA’s Jack Fischer – headed to the International Space Station on the fast lane.

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Early Morning Rollout kicks off Launch Week for Soyuz FG Rocket & Two-Man ISS Crew

Russia’s Soyuz rocket emerged from its assembly facility on Monday and rolled to the historic Site 1/5 launch complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome from where it will blast off later this week with a two-man crew headed to the International Space Station.

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NASA fills open Soyuz Spots with Veteran Space Station & Shuttle Crew Members

NASA selected veteran ISS crew members Shannon Walker and Joe Acaba to fill two seats on Russia’s Soyuz craft to increase the U.S. Segment crew contingent from three permanent residents to four in the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018

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NASA inks Agreement with Boeing for up to five Seats on Russian Soyuz Spacecraft

NASA quietly closed a deal with Boeing for up to five seats aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to expand the U.S. Crew Complement aboard the International Space Station and gain additional margin in the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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