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Old 22-08-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Anyone heard of 'Almaz'? It was a secret cold war Soviet system of armed orbital platforms serviced by re-useable re-entry vehicles (RRV's).

Well, apparently, a company here on the Isle of Man is proposing to use mothballed spacecraft from this project to create a commercial space exploration enterprise:

http://excaliburalmaz.com/SP1/index.php

The Almaz capsule looks like it would be an interesting modelling challenge:


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Old 22-08-2009, 11:06 AM   #2
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There was an Almaz type spacecraft docked to Salyut 7 for a while.

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Old 22-08-2009, 11:22 AM   #3
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Thanks Keith. You wouldn't happen to know what kind of launch vehicle this capsule would use??
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Old 22-08-2009, 11:30 AM   #4
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Probably a Proton, which is the launch vehicle used for putting up the Mir core module and Zvezda and Zarya modules to the ISS. If I can find anything on Almaz I'll PM you.

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Old 22-08-2009, 12:11 PM   #5
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Thanks again, Keith. The more I dig, the more interesting this looks. There's quite a lot of info on the website, including some great archive video.
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Old 22-08-2009, 12:19 PM   #6
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Sounds like you probably have as much as myself. Actualy the designation of the two which docked to Salyut 7 were Cosmos 1443 and 1267, but both seem to have had the Almaz type re-entry module.

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Old 03-09-2009, 10:49 AM   #7
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I'll be filming the press launch of this venture in a couple of weeks. They'll have a capsule there to view, and possibly a couple of cosmonauts. I'll be sure to get plenty of video and pics!
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:45 AM   #8
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"One careful owner"..

Anyone heard of 'Almaz'? It was a secret cold war Soviet system of armed orbital platforms serviced by re-useable re-entry vehicles (RRV's).

Well, apparently, a company here on the Isle of Man is proposing to use mothballed spacecraft from this project to create a commercial space exploration enterprise:

http://excaliburalmaz.com/SP1/index.php

The Almaz capsule looks like it would be an interesting modelling challenge:

I have. I have diagrams too.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:27 AM   #9
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mmmm, i don't recognize any kit bits on that last one
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Old 13-09-2009, 09:33 AM   #10
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Eaglewingone - cool! I'm doing a news report on this in a few days - but we did a small update with a few new pics here:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/isle-of-ma...-of.5623035.jp

Don't those couches look like dog beds...
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Old 17-09-2009, 06:29 AM   #11
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Eaglewingone - cool! I'm doing a news report on this in a few days - but we did a small update with a few new pics here:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/isle-of-ma...-of.5623035.jp

Don't those couches look like dog beds...
These are the diagrams for the Almaz:



These are a diagrams for other uses for Almaz:
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Old 19-09-2009, 05:04 PM   #12
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Eaglewingone - thanks a lot for those schematics. I didn't have anything showing the whole platform before.

I had an interesting chat at the press launch of Excalibur Almaz today with Colonel Vladimir Titov - who spent a whole year in space, and Dr Leroy Chiao, mission commander of the ISS for six months in 2005. I chatted to Dr Chiao about some technical aspects of the re-entry vehicle, and I think he was relieved to talk to someone who had more than a passing knowledge of the mechanics of space travel.

One interesting aspect is that there's a hatch in the middle of the heat-shield. When Dr Chiao told me that, I must have had a look of horror on my face - because he added that the USA had tested something similar for the Gemini vehicles, and apparently it's perfectly safe.

It's a very weird feeling to have these and other astronauts and space science pioneers on our tiny island. I've told everyone I know to check out as much of this stuff as they can - it sure doesn't happen often!

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Eaglewingone - thanks a lot for those schematics. I didn't have anything showing the whole platform before.

I had an interesting chat at the press launch of Excalibur Almaz today with Colonel Vladimir Titov - who spent a whole year in space, and Dr Leroy Chiao, mission commander of the ISS for six months in 2005. I chatted to Dr Chiao about some technical aspects of the re-entry vehicle, and I think he was relieved to talk to someone who had more than a passing knowledge of the mechanics of space travel.

One interesting aspect is that there's a hatch in the middle of the heat-shield. When Dr Chiao told me that, I must have had a look of horror on my face - because he added that the USA had tested something similar for the Gemini vehicles, and apparently it's perfectly safe.

It's a very weird feeling to have these and other astronauts and space science pioneers on our tiny island. I've told everyone I know to check out as much of this stuff as they can - it sure doesn't happen often!
To start off I was at the Space Shuttle landing a couple of days ago. My base pass was still valid and decided to go. I bought beers for all the NCOs on base. I have a drawing of a warhead delivery system that used the FOBS/Almaz method. Extremely interesting stuff.

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Skiffy,

Here it is.A proposed Russian combat spacecraft with missile weapons.

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Old 20-09-2009, 10:31 AM   #15
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Wow, thanks Eaglewingone!

As far as I can tell Excalibur Almaz plan to use the capsule and forward section containing the RCS system (seen in the first pic in the thread) from the existing technology, along with two existing orbital accomodation modules (not yet flown).

They plan to add a new-build crew/service module, which they'll access through the hatch on the heat-shield.

I'm getting another look at the capsule and diagrams of the proposed configuration today (I won't have the news camera - so I can be 'off-duty).
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Wow, thanks Eaglewingone!

As far as I can tell Excalibur Almaz plan to use the capsule and forward section containing the RCS system (seen in the first pic in the thread) from the existing technology, along with two existing orbital accomodation modules (not yet flown).

They plan to add a new-build crew/service module, which they'll access through the hatch on the heat-shield.

I'm getting another look at the capsule and diagrams of the proposed configuration today (I won't have the news camera - so I can be 'off-duty).
The Russians were planning a laser armed version of this craft.
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Old 25-09-2009, 08:26 AM   #17
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Thanks again Eaglewingone - all valuable info!

Here's a link to a video I shot with our reporter Richard, featuring ex-astronauts now working for Excalubur Almaz:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/video/Spac...try.5672452.jp
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Thanks again Eaglewingone - all valuable info!

Here's a link to a video I shot with our reporter Richard, featuring ex-astronauts now working for Excalubur Almaz:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/video/Spac...try.5672452.jp
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Skiffy,

This is the Russian Laser Spacecraft/Combat Weapon

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Almaz docking with Soyuz
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