MONTREAL – The Canadian astronomers, David Saint-Jacques, are watching some minutes during the launch of the Soyuz rocket next Monday that will send it to the International Space Station.
On October 11, a rocket failure forced the Soyuz capsule that carries two astronauts to abort and make emergency landing. Russia stops the place for each person to launch until an investigation before giving green 1 November.
Saint Jacques talked to today's reporters of the launch site in Kazakhstan where he is in a quarantine. The most dangerous of the six month mission said is the 10 minute launch of Soyuz and the six hours that followed pre-throwing.
He said that half of the last two years of training was dedicated to his role as a Soyuz co-pilot for the space station trip.
Saint-Jacques, 48, said once at the space station that he will be able to focus on work and life on the post.
Originally, Canada's first sturdy spacecraft, with NASA's astronomers Anne McClain and Oleg Kononenko from Russian Roscosmos space agency, was scheduled to launch December 20. It was moved forward after Russian authorities have finished their investigation to the failed launch.
They find that a sensor on board the rocket has failed to correctly identify the separation of the first and second steps.