New «holes» in the ship «Union» does not appear, the source said

© Photo : Roscosmos / Oleg Artemievskoye Union MS-09 c members of the ISS-56/57. Archive photoNew «holes» in the ship «Union» does not appear, the source said© Photo : Roscosmos / Oleg Artemides to daily updates RIA Science

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No new «holes» in the ship «Soyuz MS-09», docked to the ISS, has not appeared previously discovered hole is drilled only in body, not in isolation, covering the ship, told RIA Novosti source in the space industry.

Earlier, Russian media appeared information that the astronauts on the station using an endoscope found that people prosperouse a hole in the hull of the ship doswell to meteoroid bumper, which is from the hull of the ship at a distance of 15 millimeters, after which they bored a hole in it.

«No new traces of the drill bit neither the ISS nor in the docked Soyuz spacecraft there. However, in the course of works on 30 August with the help of an endoscope it was found that the hole the drill does not pass through — up to open space and passed fully two-millimeter aluminum case household compartment and rested in protivometeoritnoy protection and screen-vacuum insulation, which is at a distance of fifteen inches from it… It’s all the same hole as before and not some new tracks», — said the Agency interlocutor.

As previously explained to RIA Novosti another source, the version of sabotage at the station to be excluded, since in order to make a hole in such an awkward place, it would take a drill with a length of half a meter. Aboard the station, such a tool is not.

Against sabotage and say these another source, whereby, the flight control center in Moscow and Houston recorded the gradually increasing rate of pressure reduction within a few days before the discovery of the hole. Air flow was weak, as evidenced by the fact that the rate of fall of pressure on the station has reached beyond acceptable values not overnight, but for a few days.

«More plausible based on available data, see a version that sealant from sealed still on Earth hole began to suck in space, while hole is not completely opened,» said another interviewee.

Air leaks on the ISS found almost two weeks ago, on the night of August 30. The crew checked all compartments and found, according to the head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, «hairline fracture» in the spacecraft «Soyuz MS-09». It was located in the living compartment, not in the descent module, so do not threaten the return of the spacecraft to the Ground. Subsequently, two source RIA Novosti reported that the reason for the leak was probably a manufacturing defect — drilled on the Earth hole in the inner hull. While earlier it was believed that the crack formed due to the penetration of the micrometeoroid. An internal investigation of RSC Energia, the manufacturer of the ship, admitted the premeditation and man-made holes from the drill, but was unable to find the culprits, pointed out another source of the Agency.

Now leads the work of the Commission of Roskosmos. Earlier, the head of rostec Dmitry Rogozin spoke on the phone with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. They discussed, in particular, the problem of «holes» in the skin «Union» have agreed about cooperation between technical experts and, as noted in the «Roskosmos», «agreed to refrain from making any preliminary conclusions and to give any explanations to the completion of the investigation.»

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