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Name Rocket Launch Pad Transport Car, Soyuz
Region Europe
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Rocket Launch Pad Transport Car
Variety Soyuz
Era Epoch VI (2001 - Present)


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History: In 1961, the first manned spaceflight in history was recorded on the Vostok 1, and ever since then Russia has continued to send man into space with their modern rockets for over 50 years. One of these rockets is the Soyuz rocket and spacecraft, which is currently the only manned vehicle capable of sending astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet in 2011, the U.S. space program is without any means to take astronauts into orbit, and NASA is dependent on the Soyuz to send crew into space for the immediate future.

The Soyuz launcher was introduced in 1966, deriving from the Vostok launcher, which in turn was based on the 8K74 or R-7a intercontinental ballistic missile.

The production of Soyuz launchers reached a peak of 60 per year in the early 1980s. It has become the world's most used space launcher, flying over 1700 times, far more than any other rocket. Despite its age and perhaps thanks to its simplicity, this rocket family has been notable for its low cost and high reliability.

The Soyuz Rocket is rolled out on a special transport train designed specifically for the rocket, carried horizontally to the launch site. Once the rocket arrives on site, the rear lifts on the transport train set the rocket upright and into launch position.

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Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-06-24 19:23:51. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-06-24 19:53:19

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