Soyuz 2

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Soyuz 2
Mission typeTest flight
OperatorSoviet space program
COSPAR ID1968-093A
SATCAT no.3511
Orbits completed48
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz 7K-OK
ManufacturerExperimental Design Bureau OKB-1
Launch mass6,450 kilograms (14,220 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateOctober 25, 1968, 09:00 (1968-10-25UTC09Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 1/5[1]
End of mission
Landing dateOctober 28, 1968, 07:51 (1968-10-28UTC07:52Z) UTC;
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee191 kilometres (119 mi)
Apogee229 kilometres (142 mi)
Inclination51.70 degrees
Period88.60 minutes

Soyuz 2 (Russian: Союз 2, Union 2) was an uncrewed spacecraft in the Soyuz family intended to be the target of a docking maneuver by the manned Soyuz 3 spacecraft. It was intended to be the first docking of a manned spacecraft in the Soviet space program. Although the two craft approached closely, the docking did not take place and the first successful Soviet docking of manned spacecraft took place in the joint Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 mission.

Mission parameters[edit]

  • Mass: 6,450 kg (14,220 lb)
  • Perigee: 191 km (119 mi)
  • Apogee: 229 km (142 mi)
  • Inclination: 51.70°
  • Period: 88.60 min


  1. ^ "Baikonur LC1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-03-04.

Further reading[edit]

  • Luna Cornea, Number 14, January/April 1998, p. 58,
  • The Fabricated Cosmonaut and the Nonexistent Prophecy, Luis Alfonso Gamez. Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30, number 5 (September/October 2006) p12.

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