|On final approach for docking, thrusters fire as a Russian crew tweaks the attitude of their Soyuz Ferry.
Also called a Space Taxi, this Soyuz was a stripped down model designed for short hops to Salyut-6. Minus
the normal twin solar panels-(see below), the designers of the Soyuz Ferry aimed for cheaper access to
their space stations. Launched with limited battery power, mission success depended on a quick linkup
with Salyut-6 where the Soyuz Ferry could get a battery charge. During the lifetime of Salyut-6 there were a
number of mission aborts, and return to Earth, when the Soyuz Ferry failed to dock in a timely period.
The above space scene is a 1978 Russian Postcard and the artwork is by Cosmonaut / Artist Alexey Leonov.
|An early Soyuz design with solar panels for extended orbital missions.
The above is a Russian Ham Radio QSL card from 1973.