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Article Number: 14F70. Class: Manned. Type: Space Station. Nation: Russia. Manufacturer: OKB-1.

'Super Soyuz' replacement for Soyuz and Progress. Concept was reusable spacecraft, launched by Zenit launch vehicle, with all possible systems recovered in landing module, together with significant payload delivered to and returned from orbit. Carriage in payload bay of Buran shuttle was also a requirement. Preliminary design work began on 27 January 1985. The design was briefed to the Military-Industrial Commission on 22 December 1986. However the project was cancelled in January 1989 on financial grounds.

Zarya would have been used for four missions:

The capsule was 3.7 m in diameter, and had a total mass of 13 tonnes. When flown manned, 5-6 crew and 1,500 kg of cargo could be carried. If unmanned, a maximum cargo of 3,750 kg could be carried. An androgynous docking system was mounted at the front of the spacecraft, as were the antennae of the radio systems. A small engine module was mounted at the rear for orbital manoeuvre and retrofire. It was jettisoned before re-entry and was the only expendable part of the spacecraft.

After re-entry, a stabilisation parachute was ejected. This was equipped with a radio altimeter in the parachute lines. Just before impact with the ground the altimeter triggered a large array of rocket engines arranged in a circle around the body of the re-entry vehicle. These braked the capsule to a soft landing. The braking and orientation engines were liquid propellant but used non-toxic propellants since they were housed within the capsule.

The design had several defects, chiefly the severe acoustic environment inflicted on the crew in the braking manoeuvre and the lack of any back-up landing system in the event of failure of the braking rockets to ignite.


Specification

Craft.Crew Size: 8. Orbital Storage: 270.00 days. Total Length: 5.0 m. Maximum Diameter: 4.1 m. Total Mass: 15,000 kg. Total Payload: 3,000 kg.


Zarya Chronology


27 January 1985 Preliminary design work began on Zarya 'Super Soyuz'.

Concept was reusable spacecraft, launched by Zenit launch vehicle, with all possible systems recovered in landing module, together with significant payload delivered to and returned from orbit. Carriage in payload bay of Buran shuttle was also a requirement.


22 December 1986 Zarya 'Super Soyuz' briefed to the Military-Industrial Commission.
01 January 1989 Zarya 'Super Soyuz' cancelled on financial grounds.

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