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General Discussion => Historical Spaceflight => Topic started by: B. Hendrickx on 12/29/2013 02:00 pm

Title: Soyuz-9 target deployment
Post by: B. Hendrickx on 12/29/2013 02:00 pm
In an interview with "Novosti kosmonavtiki" magazine published in 2002, cosmonaut Vitaliy Sevastyanov talks about a military experiment conducted during the Soyuz-9 mission in June 1970. He says three small targets about half a meter across were deployed from the Soyuz orbital module. After each deployment commander Andrian Nikolayev placed the vehicle in a position that allowed Sevastyanov to track them through one of the portholes using what he describes as a "computer device". He says he was able to follow one of the targets up to a distance of 8 km, distinguishing it as a bright spot amidst the background stars.

I was wondering if NORAD spotted any fragments from the Soyuz-9 mission that could be the targets mentioned by Sevastyanov. 
Title: Re: Soyuz-9 target deployment
Post by: gwiz on 12/31/2013 01:50 pm
If they did, they didn't put them in the catalogue.
Title: Re: Soyuz-9 target deployment
Post by: Phillip Clark on 12/31/2013 04:05 pm
At that time you would be very lucky for something that sort of size to be tracked by NORAD.   It was only in the later 1970s that they started to routinely catalogue smaller pieces of debris from launches.