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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: Standardisation would have helped

If only life were that simple. But it really isn't. And everything has to be tested with everything else.

They also don't do that because space hardware is all small batch manufactured - they only make a handful a year.

Also, we don't know if this was a Soyuz design flaw - after all it's a well-established and reliable system. Or a one-off event. But it could be that Roscosmos are having quality control issues, and this was one of them. If that's true, no part built by them at the moment can be considered safe. Until they've had a management shake-up and sorted out new and better procedures. That's the most worrying thought. How long was the Apollo program delayed for after Apollo 1? At least a year, if I remember right. And they were spending a lot more cash, in order to achieve quicker results.

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