The Almaz Space Station Complex - A History, 1964-1992 Part 1 1964-1976

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A.A. Siddiqi (2001), JBIS, 54, 389-416

Refcode: 2001.54.389
Keywords: Almaz, Military Space, Soviet Union, TKS, Salyut, Space Stations

Abstract:
During the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union explored the possibility of using humans in space for military purposes. The only such project that was brought to fruition was a Soviet military space station program known as “Almaz.” Between 1973 and 1976, the Soviets launched three Almaz stations, which were publicly known as Salyut-2, Salyut-3, and Salyut-5. Several crews visited the stations with varying degrees of success. A major element of the Almaz program was the large Transport-Supply Ship (TKS), a vehicle that was never used with Almaz, but eventually served as the basis for the core of the International Space Station. This article is an attempt to use recently published information from Russia to present a history of the Almaz program.

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