Montreal – Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is preparing for some tense moments during the launch of the Soyuz rocket, which will send another two more to the International Space Station next Monday.
On October 11, a missile failure forced the Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to interrupt and make an emergency landing. Russia has suspended all launches of space pilots pending investigation before giving the green light on November 1.
St. Jacques spoke to reporters today from the location to launch in Kazakhstan, where he is in quarantine. He said the most dangerous part of the six-month mission is the 10-minute launch of the Alliance and six hours ahead of docking.
He said half the last two and a half years of training was dedicated to his role as co-pilot Alliance for traveling to the space station.
Sen Jacques, 48, once said at the space station, will be able to focus on the work and life of the ship.
The first space trip of a Canadian astronaut, NASA astronaut Anna McClain and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, were originally due to begin on December 20. It was moved ahead after the Russian authorities completed the investigation into the failure.
They found that the rocket sensor failed to adequately signal the division of the first and second stages.