The space industry told who could drill a hole in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft

The space industry told who could drill a hole in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft
The space industry told who could drill a hole in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft
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According to a senior TASS source in the space industry, the hole in the skin of the Soyuz MS-09 was drilled in zero gravity. At the same time, the alleged culprit did not know the device's structure.

Soyuz MS-09 / © TASS

The "mysterious" hole on board the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft appeared in 2018, but history still has many dark spots. A statement by a high-ranking TASS source in the space industry may shed some light on some of them.

According to him, only one of the eight holes was through. In the case of the others, it appears that drill bounces have occurred. This may speak in favor of the fact that they drilled in zero gravity conditions, when there was no necessary support.

An attempt was made to make one of the holes in the frame of the ship: this suggests that it was drilled by a person who does not know the structure of the apparatus. According to the interlocutor of the agency, they could not damage the ship in terrestrial conditions, since in this case it would not be able to pass tests in a vacuum chamber.

After the incident, the Russian cosmonauts were tested with a polygraph. NASA astronauts did not take the test. Also, according to the source, Russian experts are not able to examine drills on board the ISS for the presence of metal shavings from the body of the device.

These are not the first "rumors" about a possible sabotage. Allegedly, back in 2018, the Roscosmos commission found out that some of the station's crew members could be guilty of what happened. However, the Russian authorities not only did not confirm these data, but also stated that casting a shadow on Russian cosmonauts or astronauts from other countries is "absolutely unacceptable."

Recall that the pressure on board the ISS dropped on August 30, 2018. Analysis showed that air escapes through a hole made in the utility compartment of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. In 2019, Roscosmos said they knew where the hole came from, but would not share information with the public.

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The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft was launched on June 6, 2018. Russian Sergei Prokopyev, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and American Serina Aunyon-Chancellor went to the ISS. The mission became the 136th manned flight of the Soyuz spacecraft since 1967.

To replace them, a fundamentally new ship is being created, which is known under the names PTK NP, Eagle and Federation (in recent years, the name Eagle is usually used). The first test launch in unmanned mode is to take place in 2023. It is assumed that the device will be able to fly around the moon for up to six months.

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