Montreal – Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jack is breaking for some speedy moments during the next Monday's launch of the societal rocket that will send him and two others to the International Space Station.
On October 11, a rocket failure forced a surprise capsule with two asteroids to refuse and make emergency landing. Russia Suspended All Manned Place Launches Pending An Investigation Before Giving the Green Light November 1.
Saint Jack addressed reporters today from the launch site in Kazakhstan where he is in quarantine. He said that the most dangerous part of the six-month mission is the 10-minute Soyuz launch and the six hours that follow before docking.
He said the hero of the last two-and-a-half year of training was dedicated to his role as a co-pilot for the trip to the space station.
Saint-Jacques, 48, said once at the space station he could be focused on working and living aboard the outpost.
The Canadian astronaut first venue, with NASA astronaut an MCKELAIN and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, was originally planned to launch the December. 20. It was moved forward after Russian authorities found their investigation into the failed launch.
They found that a sensor on board the rocket failed to signal the separation of the first and second stages.