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Soyuz-Almaz-T-1


Planned launch to tend Almaz-T-1 station. Cancelled after the station's booster exploded on the way to orbit on 29 November 1986.

The bizarre deaths of Chelomei and Ustinov within days of each other in December 1984 opened the way for the Almaz-T military space station program to be publicly resumed. It was planned that the man-tended station would be periodically visited for refuelling and repair by Soyuz and Progress spacecraft. A small group of cosmonauts was put into training for Soyuz flights to the man-tended Almaz-T. In the second half of 1986 the first Almaz-T s/n 303 was readied for launch. General V V Favorskiy ordered it to be completed and launched with a full-up lab module in place of trials equipment. Unfortunately the Proton second stage exploded on the way to orbit on 29 November 1986. At the beginning of 1987 it was decided not to man the next Almaz-T, instead operate it in a fully automatic mode. Thus was the final Almaz cosmonaut training group disbanded.

First Launch: Middle of 1987.

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Associated Programs
  • Almaz The only manned military space station to have ever flown, it served only to prove that manned stations provided no cost-effective substitute to unmanned military satellites. Derivatives of the design continue in service into the 21st Century as modules of the Salyut, Mir, and International Space Stations. More...

Soyuz-Almaz-T-1 Chronology


Middle of 1987 - .
  • Soyuz-Almaz-T-1 (cancelled) - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Ustinov. Program: Almaz. Flight: Soyuz-Almaz-T-1. On 29 November 1986 the first Almaz-T space station was launched. Unfortunately the Proton second stage exploded on the way to orbit. The planned manned flight to the station was cancelled. At the beginning of 1987 it was decided not to man the next Almaz-T, instead operate it in a fully automatic mode. Thus was the final Almaz cosmonaut training group disbanded.

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