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Decree 'On the Development of an Adjustment Complex with the Taifun-2' Artificial Satellite--approval of work on the Taifun-2 system' was issued. References: 474 .
Decree 'On the Development of a System of Global Television Reconnaissance (TGR) 'Taifun' Artificial Satellite--approval of work on the Taifun reconnaissance satellite' was issued. References: 474 .
Training mockups of several components of the Skylab spacecraft arrived at MSC. The Orbital Workshop and the Apollo telescope mount arrived aboard the NASA barge Orion. The shipment also included the multiple docking adapter exterior shell and a portion of the airlock module mockup. The AM one-g trainer had arrived previously at MSC on a contingent of six trucks. The trainers and hardware were scheduled for use by MSC in training prospective Skylab crewmen for missions.
The first of eight Thor/Burner IIA launches from Vandenberg AFB. References: 88 .
To test in space equipment for future satellites and to conduct a scientific experiment to measure the incidence of micro-meteoroids. Launch time 0409 GMT, injection point 13.7 deg S, 137.9 deg E. Anticipated life 100 years. References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 .
Continued operation of the long-range telephone and telegraph radio-communication system within the Soviet Union and transmission of USSR central television programmes to stations in the Orbita and participating international networks (international coope ration scheme). References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 64 .
Soviet development of remote sensing systems in support of the national economy began with a decree 'On development work for research on earth resources using space technology'.
Military-Industrial Commission (VPK) Decree 'On Carrying out Work on Reusable Space Systems-response to NASA's Space Shuttle' was issued. References: 474 .
Czech, USSR instruments; investigated effects of solar activity on near-Earth radiation. Study of radiation levels in near-Earth space, investigation of dipole corpuscular streams in near space in connexion with solar activity and investigation of the nature and spectrum of low-frequency electromagnetic oscillations in natural plasma. References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 99 , 116 .
ASAT interceptor. Successfully intercepted and destroyed Cosmos 459 target. This completed state trials test series and in 1972 the Istrebitel Sputnik was adopted as armament for the Soviet Army. Cosmos 462 produced the lowest number of fragments (27) of any of the ASAT's tested. References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 272 .
Area survey photo reconnaissance satellite. References: 279 .
Over Atlantic. Spacecraft engaged in practical applications and uses of space technology such as weather or communication (US Cat C). Launch vehicle put payload into geosynchronous transfer orbit References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 278 .
Operation of a system of long range telephone-telegraph radiocommunication, and transmission of USSR Central Television programmes to the stations of the Orbita network. References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 64 .
Decree 'On expansion of Work on Research of the Earth's Natural Resources by Space Systems' was issued. References: 474 .
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