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Russia exhibites space shuttles at expo\'2005

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Apr 1, 2005 7:29 am
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NAGOYA, March 24 (RIA Novosti, Andrei Fesyun) – Russia has exhibited specimens of safe multiple-use space shuttles at the world exhibition Expo’2005.

Deputy chief designer at the Myasischev Plant Vladimir Tormyshev said this in the RIA Novosti interview following the EXPO’2005 official opening in the Nagoya environs, Aichi prefecture in Japan.

The small aerospace craft S-21, seating one pilot and two tourists clad in light spacesuits Sokol, is raised to 17 kilometers height by the special carrier plane M-55 Geofizika. Then, the shuttle’s solid-fuel engine is switched on to put it into space to an altitude over 100 kilometers. After somersaulting in airless space the shuttle makes a re-entry into the atmosphere and glides down to earth, Tormyshev said.

The flight lasts about 2.5 hours.

In case of a technical failure, ejection and parachuting are provided for, Tormyshev said.

The other manned reusable spaceship Kliper, the model of which is also on show in the Russian pavilion, carries six cosmonauts or a payload to the orbital station. It will be launched by the heady carrier rocket Proton.

A stand-by parachute landing system is provided for to minimize the danger of accidents, Vladimir Tormyshev said.

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