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Soyuz-TM 18

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1994-001A

Description

Soyuz TM-18, a Russian passenger craft, was launched from the Bayknour cosmodrome carrying three cosmonauts to the Mir space station. It docked with Mir on January 10, 1994. The two previous Mir-based cosmonauts were returned via Soyuz TM-17 on January 14.

Designed and manufactured by RKK Energiya, the Soyuz TM was capable of carrying three cosmonauts and has a gross weight of just over seven metric tons, a length of seven meters, and a maximum diameter of 2.7 m. The spacecraft consisted of three main sections: the orbital module, the command and reentry module, and the service module. Two solar arrays (10.6 m span) provided electrical power for the typical 50-hour journey to Mir and could be interconnected with the space station's electrical system to furnish additional 1.3 kW. The nominal flight time for Soyuz TM spaceship was 5-6 months.

Alternate Names

  • 22957

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1994-01-08
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 7150.0 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)

Discipline

  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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