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ASCAN1984
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posted 11-05-2009 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I understand it Vostok 2 was used as a test article for a new parachute system, which ended up failing destroying the spacecraft. Was this done with any other flown spacecraft?

Lou Chinal
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posted 11-09-2009 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure, the Russian's did this a lot (reuse spacecraft). As a matter of fact Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1, was flown before.

I did hear that after the test it was flat as a pancake. Very little was left of it.

Lasv3
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posted 11-09-2009 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure how to understand the remarks on Vostok 1 - do you mean it flew before the Gagarin's mission (and being actually reused for the first manned flight ever)? I think this is impossible - I simply can't imagine the Soviets would not use a brand new spacecraft for the Gagarin's historical space mission.

Or do you mean it was used after the Gagarin's flight for some kind of test before the Vostok 2 has been completely destroyed during a failed Voskhod parachute system test? As far as I know Vostok 1 landing "sharik" sits safely in the RSC Energia museum now.

kyra
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posted 11-12-2009 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lou Chinal:
As a matter of fact Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1, was flown before.
Lou, I don't have any reason to believe that Yuri Gagarin's Vostok spacecraft ever flew before 4/12/1961. This spacecraft had the model and serial number 3KA # 3.

Vostok-2 (3KA #4) was indeed destroyed during landing test of the Voskhod spacecraft.

Numerous unpiloted Zenith spacecraft were reflown. These were based on the Vostok design. While pieces and parts have been reflown thoughout space history at least as far back as Apollo and the early Soyuz missions, the first resusable piloted spacecraft was the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Lou Chinal
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posted 11-20-2009 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry - Kyra and everyone else. You're right, I was thinking the unmanned probes. I'll say one thing "this site keeps you on your toes".

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