Soyuz 'successfully' launched into orbit: Roscosmos

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The International Space Station (ISS) crew member David Saint-Jacques of Canada gestures shortly before their launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan December 3, 2018.

Rocket docks at space station A Russian-made Soyuz rocket with a three-man crew arrived at the International Space Station yesterday in the first manned mission since a failed launch in October.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted his thanks to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Rogozin and to NASA and Roscosmos teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".

Cosmonaut of Roscosmos Oleg Kononenko, astronauts of NASA and the Canadian space agency Ann McClain and David Saint-Jacques will head to the ISS.

Russia's state space corporation, Roscosmos, traced the failure to a damaged sensor and found that two other Soyuz rockets might have the same defect.

Their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday at 5:31 p.m., then entered a designated orbit just under nine minutes later.

"Risk is part of our profession", the 54-year-old said at a press conference.

"We are psychologically and technically prepared for blastoff and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board".

NASA announced Monday that Hague and Ovchinin will now launch to the space station on February 28, along with NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch.

Back on Canadian soil, a crowd monitored the launch from the Canadian Space Agency in Longueuil, Que., as the rocket began its trip to the space station.

Anne McClain, a 39-year-old former military pilot, struck a similar note.

Saint-Jacques, 48, described the Soyuz spacecraft as "incredibly safe".

The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history. The most experienced of the main crew is Kononenko, who went to the ISS for the fourth time, McClane and Saint-Jacques still have no experience of space flights.

The last Canadian astronaut to visit the space station was Chris Hadfield, who was on a five-month mission that ended in May 2013. Saint-Jacques joked that he had received so much training ahead of the flight "that I felt at the end that I could build a Soyuz in my backyard".

The crew was reporting that all was going well in the critical initial minutes after liftoff and were safely in orbit.

The Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle that can ferry crews to the space station, but Russian Federation stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules.

Next year, however, Russian Federation will see intense worldwide competition.

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