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Soyuz TMA BO


Russian manned spacecraft module. Operational. First launch 2002.10.30. Lightweight male/female docking system with flange-type probe, internal transfer tunnel. Kurs automatic rendezvous and docking system with two Kurs antennae, no tower. Living section.

Collar Length: 0.22 m. Probe Length: 0.50 m. Base Diameter: 1.35 m. Ring Diameter: 1.35 m. One window, BO separated after retrofire.

Habitable Volume: 5.00 m3.

AKA: Bytovoy otsek.
Gross mass: 1,370 kg (3,020 lb).
Height: 2.98 m (9.77 ft).
Diameter: 2.26 m (7.41 ft).

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  • Soyuz TMA Russian three-crew manned spacecraft. Operational, first launch 2002.10.30. Designed for use as a lifeboat for the International Space Station. After the retirement of the US shuttle in 2011, Soyuz TMA was the only conveying crews to the ISS. Except for the Chinese Shenzhou, it became mankind's sole means of access to space. More...

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