Thursday, May 08, 2008

Analysis of the near catastrophic Soyuz reentry

I don't know how I missed this one since it's been reported by all the major space news sources (not to mention the source site). I must have been snoozing! Anyway, in case you haven't heard, IEEE Spectrum has a lengthy article on the recent and nearly fatal reentry of the Soyuz capsule. Author James Oberg did his homework on this one. The results are still preliminary, but I suspect the big picture is pretty much there.
Total disaster was avoided not by any real-time actions of the crew or ground teams but instead by the ingenious design and robust construction of the spacecraft.