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Soyuz 14
Mission statistics
Mission name Soyuz 14
Spacecraft mass 6,800 kg (15,000 lb)
Crew size 2
Call sign Беркут (Berkut - "Golden Eagle")
Launch pad Gagarin's Start[1]
Launch date July 3 1974 18:51:08 (1974-07-03T18:51:08) UTC
Landing July 19 1974 12:21:36 (1974-07-19T12:21:37) UTC
140 km (87 mi) SE of Dzhezkazgan
Mission duration 15d/17:30:28
Number of orbits 255
Apogee 217 km (135 mi)
Perigee 195 km (121 mi)
Orbital period 88.6 min
Orbital inclination 51.6°
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Soyuz 14 (Russian: Союз 14, Union 14) was a 1974 manned space flight, part of the Soviet Union's Almaz program to evaluate the military applications of human spaceflight. The spacecraft took cosmonauts Yuri Artyukhin and Pavel Popovich to the Salyut 3 space station. At the time, the military nature of this mission and the station itself were not acknowledged by Soviet authorities. The flight was the first successful mission to a space station by the Soviets.[2] The mission proved to be the only one for Salyut 3 as Soyuz 15 failed to dock with the station in August and the station was de-orbited January 1975. With the American Skylab missions now complete, the flight marked the start of the monopoly of manned space activities by the Soviets until the 1981 launch of STS 1, the first space shuttle flight, save for the joint Apollo-Soyuz flight of 1975.[3]

Contents

Crew

Position Cosmonaut
Commander Pavel Popovich
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer Yuri Artyukhin
First spaceflight
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Backup crew

Position Cosmonaut
Commander Gennadi Sarafanov
Flight Engineer Lev Dyomin

Reserve crew

Position Cosmonaut
Commander Boris Volynov
Flight Engineer Vitali Zholobov

Mission parameters

  • Mass: 6,800 kg (15,000 lb)
  • Perigee: 195 km (121 mi)
  • Apogee: 217 km (135 mi)
  • Inclination: 51.6°
  • Period: 88.6 min

Mission highlights

With the Salyut 3 space station successfully launched on 24 June 1974, Soyuz 14 was sent into orbit nine days later, on 3 July. The craft docked with the space station the next day, performing a manual approach for the last 100 metres.[3] The crew tested the suitability of Salyut 3 as a manned military reconnaissance platform. They also tested Almaz station systems, such as the solar arrays.[2]

Increased solar activity raised safety issues, but it was decided radiation levels were within safe limits, so the flight continued.[3]

Experiments were described by the Soviets, but analysts presumed that much time was taken up with unreported military activities. Claims were made in the aerospace press that objects were laid out at the Baikonur Cosmodrome to photograph to test a high-resolution camera system on-board.[3] Some of the experiments the Soviets described included studies of the heart and circulatory systems in orbit, studies of intracranial pressure, monitoring of blood composition, measuring of lung capacity and inhalation/exhalation rates and the testing of a water purification system which condensed moisture from the station's atmosphere.[3]

The cosmonauts exercised for two hours each day to counter the effects of weightlessness. Because of this, they were able to climb from their Soyuz descent module without assistance when their flight ended on 19 July. The crew left enough supplies on Salyut 3 to last the next crew at least six months.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Baikonur LC1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. http://www.astronautix.com/sites/baiurlc1.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-04.  
  2. ^ a b c Newkirk, Dennis (1990). Almanac of Soviet Manned Space Flight. Houston, Texas: Gulf Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87201-848-2.  
  3. ^ a b c d e Clark, Phillip (1988). The Soviet Manned Space Program. New York: Orion Books, a division of Crown Publishers, Inc.. ISBN 0-517-56954-X.  

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