Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague appeared to have no concerns about Thursday’s launch to the ISS following their failed mission in October. They, along with NASA astronaut Christina Koch, were speaking during a press conference in Baikonur on Wednesday.
“I am 100 % confident in the rocket, in the spacecraft to deliver us to the station and bring us home safely. The events from October only help us to solidify that and boost confidence in the vehicle to do its job," Hague said.
“Concerning the October launch, first of all, we use equipment, any piece of equipment can break down. A negative result is also a result. Once again, our launch showed the reliability of our equipment, the reliability of the emergency rescue system. It is good training for all the teams,” Ovchinin added.
Ovchinin also said that during an examination of their Soyuz MS-12 revealed a small fault, which resulted in the complete replacement of the unit. “The rocket is absolutely ready. There are no problems,” he concluded.
Hague and Ovchinin were forced to abort their Soyuz MS-10 mission to the ISS on 11 October 2018 when one of the first stage boosters on their rocket failed around two minutes after launch. They both landed safely following ballistic re-entry.