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Re: Sputnik 60 years later
« Reply #20 on: 10/06/2017 05:00 PM »
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Re: Sputnik 60 years later
« Reply #23 on: 10/09/2017 09:12 PM »
Part 2 of Asif's Sputnik series:

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3344/1


Sputnik remembered: The first race to space (part 2)
by Asif A. Siddiqi
Monday, October 9, 2017

[Part 1 was published last week.]
Success with the R-7?

Although Korolev had obtained permission to launch PS-1 back in February, the launch was not a foregone event. In his letter to the government in January, he had noted that a satellite could be “launched immediately after the first successful launches of the intercontinental missile.”1 A government document specified this as “one or two” successful launches.2 As is well-known, there were several consecutive failures of the R-7 missile in the summer of 1957: one on May 15 exploded 104 seconds into its ascent; a second rocket never left the pad despite three consecutive attempts on June 9, 10, and 11; and a third R-7 was destroyed 33 seconds after launch on July 12. If there had been hope of launching two PS-1-type satellites in the summer, that hope was lost. The mood at Tiura-Tam was hitting bottom by the time that a fourth R-7 was brought out to the pad. Engineers, soldiers, and even government bureaucrats were all desperate for a success.
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