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Salyut - The First Space Station. Triumph and Tragedy by Grujica S. Ivanovich

By Grujica S. Ivanovich

Salyut - the 1st house Station. Triumph and Tragedy КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Springer & Praxis PublishingАвтор(ы): Grujica S. IvanovichЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2008Количество страниц: 446ISBN: 978-0-387-73585-6Формат: pdf OCR HQРазмер: 13.4 mb RapidIfolder fifty one

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In advance of the meeting, the TsKBEM people agreed to let Feoktistov talk first. His presentation was very convincing. It would be possible to equip the core of one of Chelomey's stations with the solar panels of the Soyuz spacecraft, together with its guidance and command systems. In approximately a year's time, Feoktistov said, the Soviet Union would have the world's first space station. Chertok then noted that the systems of the Soyuz spacecraft were considered to be reliable because they had been tested during 14 unmanned and manned orbital flights.

That is, to launch a scientific station first would serve as a maskirovka, or deception, designed to hide the real project. Ustinov fully appreciated this point. He invited Chertok, Bushuyev, Feoktistov, Raushenbakh and Okhapkin to his office on 5 December 1969. Also present were Leonid Smirnov, who was Aleksey Kosygin's deputy for space matters and chairman of the VPK since 1963, Afanasyev, Keldysh and some of Ustinov's officials. As Mishin was on vacation it was reasonable that he should not be invited, and Chelomey, being in hospital, was conveniently unavailable.

The hermetic section was in the form of a stepped cylinder, with the crew compartment in `front' of, and adjoining, the wider working compartment. At the rear of the working compartment was an unpressurised section housing the propulsion system, through which ran a small transfer tunnel leading to the passive portion of the docking system. 9 metres in diameter. A variety of apparatus was mounted on its exterior, including the antennas for the Igla rendezvous system, solar orientation sensors, a television camera, a laser device and an infrared sensor.

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