The career of Salyut

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If all these plans were to become a reality, though, Salyut 6 would need more luck than its predecessors, and things did not start well. The first crew, launched aboard Soyuz 25, had to turn back frustrated when the docking mechanism between station and spacecraft failed to lock. Things went better for Soyuz 26, and Georgi Grechko and Yuri Romanenko became the first full-time crew. After commissioning the station and beginning its astronomy and Earth-science programmes, they received a visit from Soyuz 27, life on salyut 7

(Above) The crew of Soyuz T-12, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Svetlana Savitskaya, and Igor Volk relax onboard the station. (Below) Dzhonibekov with Viktor Savinykh during their mission to revive the station in 1985.

The latter generation of Salyut space stations incorporated the best features of the Almaz design - such as the environmental systems and gyrodynes (electrically powered stabilisers that oriented the station in orbit without wasting propel Ion t) - together with successful elements from Salyut 4, most notably the improved power and navigation systems.

salyut 6

salyut 7 in orbit

The layout of Salyut 7 surprised those who had expected the next station to have a modular design (like the later Mir). Nevertheless, the station proved that Salyut 6's four-year lifetime was no fluke and that stations could operate for long periods in orbit.

the soyuz t spacecraft

A new generation of Soyuz spacecraft entered service during the lifetime of Salyut 6. Soyuz T propulsion shared the same basic design as the previous spacecraft, but many of its elements were improved. The new Igla rendezvous system received data from the station to make docking more reliable, the thrusters now used the same fuel as the main engine, and solar panels, dropped from nearly all Soyuz capsules in the review after Soyuz 11, were reintroduced. Most significantly, the Soyuz T was now able to accommodate a crew of three cosmonauts in full spacesuits. The first manned mission of the new vehicle was a brief visit to Salyut 6 in June 1980, and Soyuz T continued to fly until 1987, when it was replaced by a new upgrade, the Soyuz TM.

the soyuz t spacecraft

A new generation of Soyuz spacecraft entered service during the lifetime of Salyut 6. Soyuz T propulsion shared the same basic design as the previous spacecraft, but many of its elements were improved. The new Igla rendezvous system received data from the station to make docking more reliable, the thrusters now used the same fuel as the main engine, and solar panels, dropped from nearly all Soyuz capsules in the review after Soyuz 11, were reintroduced. Most significantly, the Soyuz T was now able to accommodate a crew of three cosmonauts in full spacesuits. The first manned mission of the new vehicle was a brief visit to Salyut 6 in June 1980, and Soyuz T continued to fly until 1987, when it was replaced by a new upgrade, the Soyuz TM.

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