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Salyut 3



Salyut 3 was the first military space station launched by the Soviet Union. It was launched on June 24, 1974, attaining an altitude of 219-270 km. Its final orbital altitude was 268-272 km. Salyut 3 had a total mass of about 18-19 tons. It had two solar panels laterally mounted on the center of the station, and a retactable recovery module, for the return of research data and materials. Salyut 3 was only operated by one team of Soyuz cosmonauts from Soyuz 14. The Soyuz 15 cosmonauts were unable to dock successfully with the station. On September 23, 1974, the station's recovery module was released and re-entered, being recovered by the Soviets. The station's orbit decayed, and it re-entered the atmosphere on January 24, 1975.

Alternate Names

  • 07342
  • Salute 3
  • Salyut3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1974-06-25
Launch Vehicle: Proton Booster Plus Upper Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 18500 kg

Funding Agency

  • Soviet Academy of Sciences (U.S.S.R)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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