The DOS Space Stations
2016 Sep 29
Thursday, Day 273
The next Salyut gets a new name
Tests With Soyuz-T - Dec 1979 to Mar 1980
Salyut 6 was proving to be more reliable than originally planned. Over the winter of 1979-80, it was used as a 'home' for the first new design Soyuz-T vehicles while it was tested out for on a three-month stay in orbit.
Soyuz-T did not carry a crew as it was an early flight with a new vehicle. It had been tested within the 'Cosmos' programme - one of the flights was labelled as Cosmos 1001. It was interception of radio signals by amateur trackers within the Kettering Group that alerted observers of the Soviet space programme to the existence of the new craft.
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