Encyclopedia Astronautica
May 06


May 06 Chronology


1911 May 6 - .
  • Birth of James H Wakelin - . Nation: USA. Summary: American manager, assistant secretary of the Navy (research and development) 1959-1964..

1939 May 6 - .
1944 May 6 - . Launch Site: Heidelager. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: V-2. LV Configuration: V-2 17364. FAILURE: Airburst.
  • V-2 D05 G1 - . Nation: Germany. Summary: Airburst 8.6 km to the right of the planned trajectory..

1948 May 6 - . LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas.
  • MX-774 static firing tests at Pt Loma completed. - . Nation: USA.

1949 May 6 - .
1949 May 6 - .
  • XS-1 Flight 113 - . Crew: Champine. Payload: XS-1 # 2 flight 44. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Champine. Class: Manned. Type: Manned rocketplane. Spacecraft: XS-1. Summary: NACA flight 24. Check on airplane instrumentation. Mach 0.88 at 12200 m..

1952 May 6 - .
  • Birth of Chiaki Mukai - . Nation: Japan. Summary: Japanese physician payload specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-65, STS-95. Surgeon, first Japanese female astronaut..

1953 May 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: Honest John. LV Configuration: Honest John 199.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1954 May 6 - .
1955 May 6 - .
  • Birth of Dr Donald Alan 'Don' Thomas - . Nation: USA. Summary: American materials scientist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-65, STS-70, STS-83, STS-94..

1955 May 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike. LV Configuration: Nike 4782A.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 May 6 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC1. Launch Pad: LC1/2?. LV Family: Snark. Launch Vehicle: Snark. LV Configuration: Snark N-69E N-3409.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 May 6 - . LV Family: Little Joe. Launch Vehicle: Little Joe.
  • Pigs not to fly in space in Project Mercury - . Nation: USA. Program: Mercury. Spacecraft: Mercury. Pigs were eliminated as Little Joe flight test subjects when studies disclosed that they could not survive long periods of time on their backs. However, McDonnell did use a pig, 'Gentle Bess,' to test the impact crushable support, and the test was successful.

1959 May 6 - .
  • Jastrow Committee on lunar exploration created. - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Summary: NASA created a committee to study problems of long-range lunar exploration to be headed by Dr. Robert Jastrow..

1960 May 6 - . LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 1A.
  • Minuteman Mockup - . Nation: USA. Summary: 8th and last launch of mockup.

1960 May 6 - . 16:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg 576B2. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas D. LV Configuration: Atlas D 23D. FAILURE: Failure. Failed Stage: 1.
  • Initial operational capability operational readiness test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAC. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1960 May 6 - . 17:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: 34.7 N x 118.1 W. Launch Platform: NB-52 003. LV Family: X-15. Launch Vehicle: X-15. LV Configuration: X-15 1-6-11. FAILURE: Trouble shedding the ventral fin..
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; USAF. Apogee: 18 km (11 mi). Summary: Maximum Speed - 2336 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18574 m..

1961 May 6 - . 04:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun NASA 10.28GA.
  • Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi).

1962 May 6 - .
  • Preliminary Statement of Work for Apollo lunar excursion module - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Spacecraft: Apollo LM; LM Source Selection. Summary: A preliminary Statement of Work for a proposed lunar excursion module was completed, although the mission mode had not yet been selected..

1962 May 6 - . 05:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Trailblazer. Launch Vehicle: Trailblazer 2. LV Configuration: Trailblazer 2-M TB IIb.
  • Meteor 1 Re-entry vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi).

1962 May 6 - . 23:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Pacific Ocean. Launch Pad: 12.5 N x 134.0 W. Launch Platform: SSBN 608. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2. LV Configuration: Polaris A2 A1?.
  • FRIGATE BIRD Nuclear test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi). The only US test of an operational ballistic missile with a live 600 kiloton warhead. A Polaris A2 missile was launched from the ballistic missile submarine Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) 2800 km east-northeast of Christmas Island. The re-entry vehicle reached the target zone 1890 km away and detonated at 3,300 m. The resulting mushroom cloud was observed by the submarines Carbonero (SS-337) and Medregal (SS-480), both stationed within 25 km of the predicted impact point.

1963 May 6 - . LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 2.
  • The Gemini Program Planning Board approved the Air Force Systems Command development plan for the Gemini/Titan II improvement program. - . Nation: USA. The plan covered the development work required to man-rate the Titan II beyond the requirements of the Titan II weapon system and included three major areas: (1) reducing longitudinal oscillation levels to NASA requirements, (2) reducing the incidence of stage II engine combustion instability, and (3) cleaning up the design of stage I and II engines and augmenting the continuing engine improvement program to enhance engine reliability. The work was to be funded by the Titan Program Office of Air Force Ballistics Systems Division and managed by the Titan II/Gemini Coordination Committee, which had been established April 1. NASA found the plan satisfactory.

1964 May 6 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 NE3.154.
  • Solar extreme ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 238 km (147 mi).

1965 May 6 - .
  • Apollo earth landing system tested - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Spacecraft: Apollo CSM; CSM Parachute. The Apollo earth landing system (ELS) was tested in a drop of boilerplate (BP) 19 at El Centro, Calif. The drop removed constraints on the ELS for BP-22; also, it was a "prequalification" trial of the main parachutes before the start of the full qualification test program.

1965 May 6 - . 15:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC20. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 3A. LV Configuration: Titan IIIA 3A-6.
  • LCS 1 - . Mass: 34 kg (74 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Class: Military. Type: Radar calibration target. Spacecraft: LCS. USAF Sat Cat: 1361 . COSPAR: 1965-034C. Apogee: 2,795 km (1,736 mi). Perigee: 2,786 km (1,731 mi). Inclination: 32.1000 deg. Period: 145.60 min. Summary: Aluminum sphere used for radar calibration. Space craft engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A). .
  • LES 2 - . Mass: 37 kg (81 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Class: Technology. Type: Communications technology satellite. Spacecraft: LES. USAF Sat Cat: 1360 . COSPAR: 1965-034B. Apogee: 14,810 km (9,200 mi). Perigee: 2,771 km (1,721 mi). Inclination: 32.2000 deg. Period: 309.90 min. Summary: Experimental commsat. Space craft engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A). .

1966 May 6 - .
  • Astronauts voiced concern regarding the purposes and proposed work statement for the S-IVB spent-stage. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Slayton. Spacecraft: Orbital Workshop. MSC Assistant Director for Flight Crew Operations Donald K. Slayton and several astronauts (notably Joseph P. Kerwin) voiced concern regarding the purposes and proposed work statement for the S-IVB spent-stage experiment support module. As well as pointing out the general lack of experiment planning and hardware, Slayton and Kerwin noted a member of operational and safety concerns surrounding purging the stage's hydrogen tank to create a habitable structure in space.

1966 May 6 - .
1966 May 6 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Nike Zeus. Launch Vehicle: Nike Zeus. LV Configuration: Nike Zeus-3 2K-61.
  • Interceptor mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 May 6 - . 11:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Vostok 8A92. LV Configuration: Vostok 8A92 N15001-01.
  • Cosmos 117 - . Payload: Zenit-2 11F61 s/n 39. Mass: 4,720 kg (10,400 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MOM. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Zenit-2. Duration: 8.00 days. Decay Date: 1966-05-14 . USAF Sat Cat: 2163 . COSPAR: 1966-037A. Apogee: 314 km (195 mi). Perigee: 200 km (120 mi). Inclination: 64.9000 deg. Period: 89.60 min. Summary: Area survey photo reconnaissance satellite..

1966 May 6 - . 21:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Delamar Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: 37.3 N x 114.9 W. Launch Platform: NB-52 003. LV Family: X-15. Launch Vehicle: X-15. LV Configuration: X-15 1-63-104. FAILURE: Pump failure forces emergency landing at Delamar Dry Lake..
  • X-15A AD/MuMet/Scan/SB Aeronomy/Meteor/Technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi). Summary: Premature engine shutdown at 32 sec. Maximum Speed - 2307 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20850 m..

1967 May 6 - .
  • Chief Designers favour direct L1 flight to the moon - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Tyulin. Program: Lunar L1. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-L1. Tyulin calls Kamanin. He reports that all of the Chief Designers are in favour of direct L1 flight to the moon instead of the earth orbit rendezvous method. However the Central Committee wants to see four consecutive successful unmanned flights, rather than two, before a manned L1 flight can be made.

1968 May 6 - .
  • Apollo lunar landing research vehicle No 1 crashed at Ellington Air Force Base - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Armstrong. Program: Apollo. Spacecraft: Apollo LLRV. Lunar landing research vehicle (LLRV) No. 1 crashed at Ellington Air Force Base, Tex. The pilot, astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, ejected after losing control of the vehicle, landing by parachute with minor injury. Estimated altitude of the LLRV at the time of ejection was 60 meters. LLRV No. 1, which had been on a standard training mission, was a total loss - estimated at $1.5 million. LLRV No. 2 would not begin flight status until the accident investigation had been completed and the cause determined. Additional Details: Apollo lunar landing research vehicle No 1 crashed at Ellington Air Force Base.

1968 May 6 - .
  • Review of military spacecraft plans. - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Maksimov. Program: Lunar L1; Soyuz. Kamanin meets with Yuryshev, Deputy Chief of NTK/General Staff, and Maksimov, Deputy Chief of TsKIK, to review military spacecraft. Such spacecraft can be placed in two general categories: Category 1 would be manoeuvrable spacecraft that use active gliding to be guided to a landing point. This technology was currently being developed in the Soyuz and L1 projects. Category 2 would be an orbital aircraft which would be launched from a winged, recoverable, aircraft first stage booster. Less work has been accomplished on such spacecraft. The Mikoyan and Tupolev bureaux have been authorised to begin design and development, but this was still in its earliest stages. But Kamanin believes the second approach has the greatest future potential, and should be pursued more vigorously.

1969 May 6 - . 21:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Met Para - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 May 6 - .
1970 May 6 - . 22:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Mar Chiquita. LV Family: Belier. Launch Vehicle: Dragon 1. LV Configuration: Dragon D-37.
  • Electron density Test / plasma / fields mission - . Nation: France. Agency: CNES. Apogee: 430 km (260 mi).

1971 May 6 - .
  • Almaz simulator delays. - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Shatalov; Yeliseyev; Rukavishnikov. Program: Salyut; Almaz. Flight: Soyuz 10; Soyuz 11. Spacecraft: Almaz OPS. The Soyuz 10 cosmonauts hold a press conference. The truth behind the mission is concealed. Afterwards a simulator program review is held. Progress is being made, but all of the equipment needed for the simulators is not being funded. MAP is to deliver the Almaz simulator on 1 December 1971, but they can't guarantee it will include equipment that has to be delivered by a range of other ministries. Later a meeting is held on plans by the Moscow Soviet for a space museum. MOM, MAP, and VVS have to contribute to the final exposition plan.

1971 May 6 - . 01:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL A07.902-7.
  • Mass spectrometer Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1971 May 6 - . 06:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. Launch Pad: LC1 or LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Voskhod 11A57.
  • Cosmos 410 - . Mass: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MOM. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Zenit-2M. Duration: 12.00 days. Decay Date: 1971-05-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 5207 . COSPAR: 1971-040A. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi). Perigee: 205 km (127 mi). Inclination: 65.0000 deg. Period: 89.40 min. Summary: Area survey photo reconnaissance satellite; returned film capsule; deployed science capsule..
  • Nauka - . Payload: Nauka. Nation: USSR. Agency: MOM. Spacecraft: Nauka. Decay Date: 1971-05-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 5228 . COSPAR: 1971-040C. Apogee: 257 km (159 mi). Perigee: 195 km (121 mi). Inclination: 64.9000 deg. Period: 89.02 min.

1972 May 6 - . 11:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC132/1. Launch Pad: LC132/pad?. LV Family: Kosmos 3. Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K65M.
  • Cosmos 489 - . Mass: 680 kg (1,490 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Tsiklon. USAF Sat Cat: 6019 . COSPAR: 1972-035A. Apogee: 998 km (620 mi). Perigee: 961 km (597 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 104.70 min. Summary: Military navigation satellite..

1973 May 6 - .
  • Death of Randy Claggett. Massive radiation dose during attempt to return to earth from lunar surface aboard Apollo 18. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Claggett. Summary: American phantom cosmonaut. Fictional Apollo 18 mission commander who died on the lunar surface in Michener's novel Space and the resulting television mini-series..

1974 May 6 - . 18:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Chaff - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 58 km (36 mi).

1975 May 6 - .
  • X-24 Flight 50 - . Crew: Love, Michael. Payload: X-24B flight 22. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love, Michael. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft: X-24B. Summary: Maximum Speed - 1541 kph. Maximum Altitude - 22370 m. Flight Time - 448 sec..

1976 May 6 - . 11:44 GMT - . Launch Site: South Uist. LV Family: Petrel. Launch Vehicle: Petrel 1. LV Configuration: Petrel P186H.
  • Mass spectrometer Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: SRC. Apogee: 149 km (92 mi).

1976 May 6 - . 12:21 GMT - . Launch Site: South Uist. LV Family: Petrel. Launch Vehicle: Petrel 1. LV Configuration: Petrel P115H.
  • Faraday rotation Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: SRC. Apogee: 137 km (85 mi).

1977 May 6 - . 15:59 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 68 km (42 mi).

1978 May 6 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 170A. LV Configuration: Aerobee 170A NASA 13.137UH.
  • X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1980 May 6 - . 12:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1981 May 6 - . 08:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 8C. LV Configuration: Black Brant 8C NASA 27.60UL.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 322 km (200 mi).

1982 May 6 - . 18:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC132/2. LV Family: Kosmos 3. Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K65M. LV Configuration: Kosmos 11K65M 53775-123.
  • Cosmos 1357 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 233. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13160 . COSPAR: 1982-040A. Apogee: 1,479 km (919 mi). Perigee: 1,401 km (870 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 114.70 min. Summary: Eight satellites launched by a single carrier rocket..
  • Cosmos 1358 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 234. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13161 . COSPAR: 1982-040B. Apogee: 1,481 km (920 mi). Perigee: 1,415 km (879 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 114.80 min.
  • Cosmos 1359 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 235. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13162 . COSPAR: 1982-040C. Apogee: 1,481 km (920 mi). Perigee: 1,432 km (889 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.00 min.
  • Cosmos 1361 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 237. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13164 . COSPAR: 1982-040E. Apogee: 1,483 km (921 mi). Perigee: 1,461 km (907 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.40 min.
  • Cosmos 1362 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 238. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13165 . COSPAR: 1982-040F. Apogee: 1,495 km (928 mi). Perigee: 1,467 km (911 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.60 min.
  • Cosmos 1363 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 239. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13166 . COSPAR: 1982-040G. Apogee: 1,505 km (935 mi). Perigee: 1,474 km (915 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.80 min.
  • Cosmos 1364 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 240. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13167 . COSPAR: 1982-040H. Apogee: 1,524 km (946 mi). Perigee: 1,474 km (915 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 116.00 min.
  • Cosmos 1360 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 236. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 13163 . COSPAR: 1982-040D. Apogee: 1,482 km (920 mi). Perigee: 1,446 km (898 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.20 min.

1983 May 6 - .
  • Death of Sergei Petrovich Izotov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Izotov. Summary: Russian chief designer. Chief Designer and General Designer 1960-1983 of OKB- 117. Although predominately an aircraft turbine engine designer, he also developed the engines for Chelomei's UR-100 missile and LK-700 manned lunar lander..

1983 May 6 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC132/1. Launch Pad: LC132?/pad?. LV Family: Kosmos 3. Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K65M. LV Configuration: Kosmos 11K65M 65019-513.
  • Cosmos 1459 - . Mass: 810 kg (1,780 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MO. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Parus. USAF Sat Cat: 14057 . COSPAR: 1983-042A. Apogee: 1,014 km (630 mi). Perigee: 941 km (584 mi). Inclination: 83.0000 deg. Period: 104.60 min. Summary: Military navigation satellite. Replaced Cosmos 1349..

1983 May 6 - . 09:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. Launch Pad: LC1 or LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U.
  • Cosmos 1460 - . Mass: 6,300 kg (13,800 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MOM. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Zenit-6U. Duration: 14.00 days. Decay Date: 1983-05-20 . USAF Sat Cat: 14058 . COSPAR: 1983-043A. Apogee: 344 km (213 mi). Perigee: 207 km (128 mi). Inclination: 70.3000 deg. Period: 90.00 min. Summary: Photo surveillance; returned film capsule..

1985 May 6 - .
  • Mir space station delivered to Baikonur - . Nation: USSR. Program: Mir. Spacecraft: Mir. Summary: 1100 of 2500 cables required rework based on results of testing of the ground test model at Khrunichev..

1985 May 6 - .
  • Death of Smith J DeFrance at Virginia. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: DeFrance. Summary: American engineer. Designer and director of research for wind tunnels at Langley, 1922-1940, and Ames, 1940-1965. His work in the 1950's established blunt-body shapes for re-entry vehicles..

1985 May 6 - . 04:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 DLR K-GR-139.
  • TEXUS 12 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 253 km (157 mi).

1985 May 6 - . 22:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 3B. LV Configuration: Black Brant IIIB ARS-3B-70.
  • SMERF 2 (Ozone) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi).

1985 May 6 - .
1986 May 6 - . 21:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kheysa. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1987 May 6 - .
  • Death of William Casey - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Casey. Summary: American intelligence officer. CIA Chief under Reagan, 1981-1987. Oversaw massive increase in CIA budget, including that for space activities..

1987 May 6 - . 11:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1988 May 6 - . 02:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-K/DM. LV Configuration: Proton-K/DM 349-01.
  • Ekran 18 - . Payload: Ekran s/n 31L. Mass: 1,970 kg (4,340 lb). Nation: USSR. Agency: MOM. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Ekran . Completed Operations Date: 1990-12-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 19090 . COSPAR: 1988-036A. Apogee: 37,337 km (23,200 mi). Perigee: 37,236 km (23,137 mi). Inclination: 4.5000 deg. Period: 1,513.40 min. Stationed at 99 deg E. Transmission of Central Television programmes to a network of receivers for collective use. Positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 99 deg E in 1988-1990 As of 2 September 2001 located at 7.21 deg E drifting at 18.450 deg W per day. As of 2007 Mar 9 located at 80.93W drifting at 18.443W degrees per day.

1988 May 6 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 8B. LV Configuration: Black Brant 8B DLR K-NBB5-156.
  • TEXUS 18 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 265 km (164 mi).

1991 May 6 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde. LV Configuration: AN/DMQ-9.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1991 May 6 - .
1992 May 6 - . 01:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde. LV Configuration: AN/DMQ-9.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1993 May 6 - . 15:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 8C. LV Configuration: Black Brant 8C NASA 27.136UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 271 km (168 mi).

1998 May 6 - . 17:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Orion Sounding Rocket. LV Configuration: Orion NASA 30.042NP.
  • Education mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1999 May 6 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 99-18 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Summary: In space and in nations around the world, preparations for the next steps in the orbital assembly of the International Space Station are entering the home stretch this week.. Additional Details: ISS Status Report: ISS 99-18.

2000 May 6 - . 06:34 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9. LV Configuration: Black Brant IX NASA 36.183UG. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 273 km (169 mi).

2001 May 6 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-12 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EP-1. The Soyuz 2 crew successfully undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) late Saturday night U.S. time, and landed safely on the Central steppes of Kazakhstan Sunday morning to complete its mission to deliver a fresh Soyuz return capsule to the Expedition Two crew. Additional Details: ISS Status Report: ISS 01-12.

2001 May 6 - .
  • Landing of Soyuz TM-31 - . Return Crew: Gidzenko; Krikalyov; Shepherd. Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Krikalyov; Shepherd. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EP-1. On April 30 the crew of Soyuz TM-32 (Afanasyev, Kozeyev, Andre-Deshays) transferred their customized reentry seat liners to Soyuz TM-31, at which point TM-32 became the Station's rescue vehicle. After a six day stay, they undocked Soyuz TM-31 from Zvezda's -Y port at 02:21 GMT on May 6. The deorbit burn came at 04:47 GMT, with landing near Arkalyk in Kazakhstan at 05:41 GMT on May 6.

2004 May 6 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 19 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Acaba; Arnold, Ricky; Bresnik; Cassidy; Dutton; Hernandez; Kimbrough; Marshburn; Metcalf-Lindenburger; Satcher; Walker, Shannon. The group was selected to provide pilot and mission specialists for post-ISS spaceflights to the moon and beyond. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Due to a surplus of astronauts and a dearth of missions, NASA cancelled the planned 2002 astronaut selection. The next call for applications was made in May 2003, with a due date of 1 July. 'Educator astronauts' were especially requested, and 1100 applications were received in this category. The final selection was two pilots and nine mission specialists; nine men and two women. Given the drastic reduction if shuttle flights and ISS crew size planned for the post-Columbia disaster period, the chances for astronauts from this group flying in the next decade seemed slim indeed. Also training in this group were three NASDA astronauts from Japan.


2005 May 6 - .
2008 May 6 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 05/06/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kononenko, O D; Reisman; Tani; Volkov, Sergey; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; STS-124. Using the RSE1 laptop, CDR Volkov and FE-1 Kononenko spent three more hours on their test program with the new KPT-2 BAR-RM payload equipment begun yesterday.

    (Today's measurements were taken with the AU-1, Kelvin-Video, Iva-6A & TTM-2 instruments near welds along SM (Service Module) structural rings and near the shell ring in the FGB for subsequent downlinking via BSR-TM channel. At the FGB pressurized shell ring, the two cosmonauts also inspected structural elements, equipment, and cable bundles for moisture, mold, or evidence of corrosion. The BAR-RM data are being used for experimenting with ISS leak detection based on environmental data anomalies (temperature, humidity, and ultrasound emissions) at possible leak locations, in order to develop a procedure for detecting air leakage from ISS modules. The payload uses a remote infrared thermometer (Kelvin-Video), a thermohygrometer (Iva-6A), a heat-loss anemometer/thermometer (TTM-2), an ultrasound analyzer (AU-1), and a leak detector (UT2-03) to determine physical background signs of loss of ISS pressure integrity which could be indicative of leaks in the working compartments of the station. Measurements are taken in specific zones in SM PkhO, FGB and DC1, both with lights, fans & ASU pump turned on and off.) Additional Details: ISS On-Orbit Status 05/06/08.


2011 May 6 - . 23:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Hainan. Launch Vehicle: Tianying-3C.
  • Kunpeng-1 - . Nation: China. Apogee: 197 km (122 mi).

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