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Foton 6



Foton 6 was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome via a Soyuz booster. It was a dedicated materials processing satellite that carried a French microgravity research payload. The Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) experiment, called Crocodile, contained materials to produce high-quality organic crystals for new generation electronics. It was the second French payload to fly on a Soviet Foton. The Foton housed a 2.3-m spherical descent module for return to earth. A double-cone retrorocket extended from the base of the sphere, a small cylindrical unit atop the module housed chemical batteries to power the experiments. Overall satellite length was 5 m; mass was 6,200 kg. Foton, with Crocodile aboard, returned to earth April 27, 1990 at 6:15.

Alternate Names

  • 20566
  • Photon 6
  • Foton6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1990-04-11
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 6200 kg

Funding Agencies

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)
  • Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (France)


  • Microgravity

Additional Information

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