Russian investigation begins on failed Soyuz solar array


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The Russians have established an investigation committee to look into the failure of a solar array to deploy during the most recent Soyuz manned launch.

They are also going to have the array inspected by Russian astronauts during a planned spacewalk in October. Still no word, however, on the capsule’s viability as a lifeboat for the next five months with one failed solar array.

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2 comments

  • Steve C

    Is it true that every Soyuz is equipped with a big hammer?

  • Andrea Montefusco

    According to NSF forum, the folded panel opened few minute after the docking to ISS.
    So, is it not providing power, or has been considered as “failed” in any case ?

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