[FPSPACE] Nudelman cannon tests
joberg at houston.rr.com
Fri Dec 2 10:52:30 EST 2005
Or could a target have been deployed out the
film canister airlock?
My concept of the use of the cannon was
for an approaching object with nearly-matched orbits,
not a passing high-speed innocent satellite.
Hence, a deployed target would replicate
the desired mission characteristics quite well.
But I had not heard until now that the
cannon was fired with the crew on board -- didn't
previous accounts say it was remote-control fired
after the crew landed?
Good news item, Dave. Thanks!
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Anderman" <davida at cwo.com>
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Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 12:44 PM
Subject: [FPSPACE] Nudelman cannon tests
> According to this web site:
> There was a test of the Nudelman cannon that destroyed a target satellite:
> "<http://www.biography.ms/Salyut_3.html>Salyut 3 was launched on
> <http://www.biography.ms/June_25.html>June 25,
> <http://www.biography.ms/1974.html>1974. It was another Almaz military
> space station, this one launched successfully. It tested a wide variety of
> reconnaissance sensors, returning a canister of film for analysis. On
> <http://www.biography.ms/January_24.html>January 24,
> <http://www.biography.ms/1975.html>1975 trials of the on-board 23mm
> Nudelmann aircraft cannon (other sources say it was a Nudelmann NR-30 30mm
> gun) were conducted with positive results at ranges from 3000 m to 500 m.
> Cosmonauts have confirmed that a target satellite was destroyed in the
> test. "
> I am wondering if the pointing capability of the Salyut was really
> sufficient to hit a passing satellite at that range, and did another
> satellite actually pass by Salyut that closely that day?
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