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Soyuz pads
« on: 10/05/2006 10:39 PM »
Figured this didn't really belong in the video forum, so...
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edkyle99 - 5/10/2006  1:48 PM
There are only two R-7/Soyuz pads at Baikonur.  Site 1/Pad 5 is the Gagarin pad usually used for crewed launches.  Site 31/Pad 6 is the second pad, located several miles east of Site 1.  The latter pad is used for Starsem launches, among others.
 - Ed Kyle
When they were doing the early rendezvous test flight (like Soyuz 6/7/8) did they all launch from the same pad ?

I've heard various commentators imply that site 1 was used for all manned launches, but the ever reliable :) wikipedia and astronautix say that both were used. Either way, launching 3 manned spacecraft in 3 days is a pretty impressive feat.

Is LC31 still able to support mannned launches ?

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Re: Soyuz pads
« Reply #1 on: 10/05/2006 10:52 PM »
I don't know, if LC-31/6 can stil support manned launches, but it was used on 17. July 1984 for the launch of Soyuz T12 for the last time for a manned launch. For the triple mission mentioned, Soyuz-6 and -8 lifted off from LC-31/5 and Soyuz-7 from LC-1/5.

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Re: Soyuz pads
« Reply #2 on: 10/05/2006 11:48 PM »
They have not used the same one for every launch. Thirteen launches took place off LC-31, the rest off LC-1 (which was the Sputnik/Gagarin pad). This website provides the full list (and is a good bookmark for Russian launch facts).

http://www.rka-statistics.com/contents.php3?ContentFile=soyuz/launch/launch.html

Pre-Soyuz all used LC-1.

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Re: Soyuz pads
« Reply #3 on: 10/05/2006 11:51 PM »
I believe that the choice of pads goes like this:  Pad 1 is the default, unless there is a scheduling problem, or if the specific orbital destination would benefit from use of a pad a little off the longitude of pad 1.   There is no question that Pad 1 can support consecutive launches within 24 hours.

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Re: Soyuz pads
« Reply #4 on: 10/06/2006 02:16 AM »
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Ben - 5/10/2006  6:31 PM

They have not used the same one for every launch. Thirteen launches took place off LC-31, the rest off LC-1 (which was the Sputnik/Gagarin pad). This website provides the full list (and is a good bookmark for Russian launch facts).

http://www.rka-statistics.com/contents.php3?ContentFile=soyuz/launch/launch.html

Pre-Soyuz all used LC-1.

 Thanks so much for pointing out that website-lots of great stats. on Russian launches!! :)

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