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Kvant 2

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1989-093A

Description

Kvant 2, the first of two expansion modules planned to enlarge the Mir space station complex in the near term, arrived at the station on December 6, 1989. The three-section addition, originally called Module D, was launched from Tyuratam on November 26, via a three-stage Proton (D-1) booster. It was originally scheduled to dock on December 2, but was delayed by technical problems. The new module successfully docked at Mir's front axial port. Two days later, a Liappa docking arm re-docked the module at the upper radial port. A cylinder, it measured 13.73 m long and 4.35 m maximum diameter. Two 26.6-sq-m solar panels provided 6.9kW of power. The module was divided into a service/cargo section, a payload/equipment section and an airlock permitting easy exit and entrance to Mir during EVAs. Kvant 2 carried an East German multi-spectral remote sensing camera and an Ikar ("Icarus") manned maneuvering unit. The next building block, a technology module, was scheduled to arrive in the Spring of 1990.

Alternate Names

  • 20335
  • Kvant2
  • 1989-093A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1989-11-26
Launch Vehicle: Proton
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 19565 kg
Nominal Power: 6900 W

Funding Agency

  • Unknown U.S.S.R

Discipline

  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

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