The Soyuz: How it works

This post marks the 5th anniversary of this blog.

 

I was wondering the other day how the Soyuz spacecraft actually works. You’d think something which was first launched back in 1967 -the days of the Space Race- might be obsolete by know but you’d be wrong. Apparently Soyuz is so safe that even cosmonauts have survived severe rocket malfunctions inside the capsule.

Syouz is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It is the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility.

Anyhow, I stumbled upon this video, I think you might find it interesting:

Facts:

 

*With the retirement of all NASA space shuttles, Soyuz is the main transport for humans to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

*Cosmonauts working and living on the ISS experience 16 sunrises and sunsets each day (it takes them 90 minutes to make a complete circuit of Earth).

*Soyuz spacecraft have been equipped with solar panels since 1976, allowing longer missions.

*Once the Soyuz reaches orbit, the crew performs systems checks and keeps in touch with controllers at the Russian Mission Control Center.

*During the final rendezvous phase, the crew monitors the automated docking sequence.

*The rendezvous and docking are both automated, but the Soyuz crew has the capability to manually intervene or execute these operations.

*Up to three crew members can launch and return to Earth from the station aboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft. The vehicle lands on the flat steppe of Kazakhstan in central Asia.

Image by European Space Agency (ESA).
Image by European Space Agency (ESA).

August 29th, 2014.

 

TRC

 

Sources: NASA & ESA

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