Russia has Repeated the Space Record of 30 Years Ago
OREANDA-NEWS. For two and a half years, Russia has conducted 58 accident-free launches of space rockets in a row, repeating the record set in the modern history of the country almost 30 years ago. This was reported by RIA Novosti.
On Monday, the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle successfully launched 36 British OneWeb communications satellites into orbit from the Vostochny cosmodrome.
This launch became the 58th successful one for Russian space rockets since the last accident in 2018, when the Soyuz MS-10 flight to the International Space Station was interrupted due to a failure in the separation of the stages of the Soyuz-FG manned rocket. Thanks to the emergency rescue system, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Haig landed safely then.
In the two and a half years that have passed since that emergency, Russia has carried out 27 successful space launches from Baikonur, 19 from Plesetsk, five from Vostochny and seven from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana. For comparison, during the same period in the world there were 17 space launches that turned out to be failures: eight - in China, three - in Iran, three - in the USA, two - in France and one - in New Zealand.
The current accident-free series interrupted a series of annual emergency situations during Russian space launches. So, in 2010, 2013 and 2016-2018 there were one accident per year, in 2012 and 2015 - two, in 2014 - three, in 2011 - four.
In the history of modern Russian cosmonautics, a similar record for successful space launches was set only once - in the period from February 1992 to February 1993.
At the same time, the USSR in the period from January 1983 to November 1984 was able to carry out 185 successful space launches in a row.