Soyuz T-6

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Soyuz T-6
Mission duration 7 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes, 52 seconds
Orbits completed 125
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-T
Manufacturer NPO Energia
Launch mass 6,850 kilograms (15,100 lb)
Crew
Crew size 3
Members Vladimir Dzhanibekov
Aleksandr Ivanchenkov
Jean-Loup Chrétien
Callsign Pamir (Pamirs)
Start of mission
Launch date 24 June 1982, 16:29:48 (1982-06-24UTC16:29:48Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date 2 July 1982, 14:20:40 (1982-07-02UTC14:20:41Z) UTC
Landing site 65 kilometres (40 mi) NE of Arkalyk
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 189 kilometres (117 mi)
Apogee 233 kilometres (145 mi)
Inclination 51.7 degrees
Period 88.7 minutes
Docking with Salyut 7

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Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz T-5 Soyuz T-7

Soyuz T-6 was a manned spaceflight to Earth orbit to the Salyut 7 space station in 1982.[1] Along with two Russians, the crew included a Frenchman, Jean-Loup Chrétien.[1]

The Soyuz-T spacecraft arrived at Salyut 7 following launch on 24 June 1982 and one day of solo operations. During the T-6 mission's time docked to the station, the crew performed joint Soviet-French experiments, including cardiovascular echography, alongside the station's resident crew.[2]

Crew[edit]

Position Crew
Commander Vladimir Dzhanibekov
Third spaceflight
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Flight Engineer Aleksandr Ivanchenkov
Second spaceflight
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Research Cosmonaut Jean-Loup Chrétien
First spaceflight
France France

Backup crew[edit]

Position Crew
Commander Leonid Kizim
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Flight Engineer Vladimir Solovyov
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Research Cosmonaut Patrick Baudry
France France

Mission parameters[edit]

  • Mass: 6850 kg
  • Perigee: 189 km
  • Apogee: 233 km
  • Inclination: 51.7°
  • Period: 88.7 minutes

Mission highlights[edit]

Soyuz T-6 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 24 June 1982 at 16:29 GMT. Docking with the Salyut 7 station was completed manually after problems arose with the spacecraft's onboard automatic docking systems.[2][3]

Once aboard Salyut 7, the crew completed joint Soviet-French, including echography and antibiotic experiments, with the station's resident crew, the crew of Soyuz T-5.[4]

The mission transported the first French astronaut, Jean-Loup Chrétien, into space. While aboard the station, the resident crew afforded him the opportunity to eject Salyut 7's weekly bag of waste into space through the station's small trash airlock. Valentin Lebedev, writing in his diary, quoted Chrétien as saying Salyut 7 "is simple, doesn't look impressive, but is reliable."[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mir Hardware Heritage". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Human Spaceflights: International Flight-No. 82". Spacefacts.de. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Salyut 7 EP-1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Salyut 7 (Soyuz T-6) French/Soviet Mission (1982)". European Space Agency. Retrieved 8 October 2011.