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VBK-Raduga

VBK-Raduga

The VBK-Raduga is a reentry capsule, which allowed returning materials from the space station Mir. They were launched and finally deorbited with Progress-M cargo crafts. Before undocking from the space station, the crew repaced the docking probe with the VBK capsule. After the Progress-M deorbit burn, the capsule was ejected and reentered the atmosphere. It than parachuted to a landing area in russia.

Nation: USSR / Russia
Type / Application: Return capsule
Operator:
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration: Ballistic reentry capsule
Propulsion: none (deorbit via Progress-M)
Power: Batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
VBK-Raduga 1 N/A 27.09.1990 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U2 with Progress-M 5
VBK-Raduga 2 N/A 19.03.1991 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U2 with Progress-M 7
VBK-Raduga 3 N/A 20.08.1991 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U2 with Progress-M 9
VBK-Raduga 4 N/A 17.10.1991 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U2 with Progress-M 10
VBK-Raduga 5 N/A 19.04.1992 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U2 with Progress-M 12
VBK-Raduga 6 N/A 15.08.1992 Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-U2 with Progress-M 14, VDU 1
VBK-Raduga 7 N/A 22.05.1993 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U2 with Progress-M 18
VBK-Raduga 8 N/A 10.08.1993 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 19
VBK-Raduga 9 N/A 11.10.1993 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 20
VBK-Raduga 10 N/A 22.03.1994 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 22