Russian investigators looking into the origin of a hole that caused an oxygen leak on the International Space Station say it was caused deliberately.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roskosmos, said that an official investigative report had confirmed their theory.
‘It concluded that a manufacturing defect had been ruled out which is important to establish the truth,’ he said.
Rogozin said the commission’s main line of inquiry was that the hole had been drilled deliberately, a position that has been voiced in the past.
‘Where it was made will be established by a second commission, which is at work now,’ he said.
Officials are hoping that secondary investigation will identify the people or persons responsible.
The small hole in the wall of a Russian-made Soyuz capsule docked onto the ISS was located in and quickly sealed up.