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With the current lack of a US space vehicle capable of ferrying people back and to the ISS, we’re forced to mooch rides from the Russians (Можем ли мы задницей ездить, товарищ?). The Soyuz spacecraft date back to the ’60s, and however goofy they might look (and they [...]
Every Soviet and Russian manned spaceflight from Yuri Gagarin through 2002 contained the “Globus” IMP you see above. IMP is an acronym derived from the Russian term for “indicator of position in flight”. It’s purpose was to convey the spacecraft’s position relative to the Earth. However, it also transmitted its data to other systems, notably the attitude control system.
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Soyuz TMA-20 landing in Kazakhstan.
Those crazy Soviets. They design a rocket, based on an ICBM back in the ’60s and then keep using it. They design a spacecraft to ride atop that rocket to put a man on the moon, but they don’t do that and instead still use it. They call [...]