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astronautix.com Soyuz 7K-OK Tether


Class: Manned. Type: Tether. Nation: Russia. Manufacturer: OKB-1.

Korolev was always interested in application of artificial gravity for large space stations and interplanetary craft. He sought to test this in orbit from the early days of the Vostok programme. Two Soyuz versions were considered:

Separation of the two components with a rotation of 0.5 degrees/second would produce 0.03 G of artificial gravity. The components would then close to 300 m, reaching 7 degrees/second and 1/6 G. The Voskhod would need additional liquid fuel rocket thrusters fitted to put the components into rotation. The Soyuz would need no special equipment. The two Soyuz scheme was attractive because nose-to nose tethering meant that the BO living module would have the correct vertical orientation for sustained experiments. However he Soyuz would be limited to a maximum of three days of experiments because the batteries would run down since the solar cells could not be kept oriented to the sun during the experiment. After Korolevís death, the project was closed by Mishin on 28 March 1966 and not pursued further.


Specification

Total Mass: 6,400 kg.


Soyuz 7K-OK Tether Chronology


28 March 1966 Korolev tether projects cancelled

Korolev was always interested in application of artificial gravity for large space stations and interplanetary craft. After Korolevís death, the project was closed by Mishin and not pursued further.



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