Soyuz 2
Soyuz 2 was an unpiloted spacecraft
A spacecraft or spaceship is a craft or machine designed for spaceflight. Spacecraft are used for a variety of purposes, including communications, earth observation, meteorology, navigation, planetary exploration and transportation of humans and cargo....

 in the Soyuz
Soyuz spacecraft
Soyuz , Union) is a series of spacecraft initially designed for the Soviet space programme by the Korolyov Design Bureau in the 1960s, and still in service today...

 family intended to perform a docking maneuver with Soyuz 3
Soyuz 3
Soyuz 3 was a spaceflight mission launched by the Soviet Union on October 26, 1968. For four consecutive days, Commander Georgy Beregovoy piloted the Soyuz 7K-OK spacecraft through eighty-one orbits of Earth.-Crew:-Backup crew:...

. Although the two craft approached closely, the docking did not take place.

Other uses of name

The name "Soyuz 2" also appears in other contexts, a) the second Soyuz flight to dock with the International Space Station
International Space Station
The International Space Station is a habitable, artificial satellite in low Earth orbit. The ISS follows the Salyut, Almaz, Cosmos, Skylab, and Mir space stations, as the 11th space station launched, not including the Genesis I and II prototypes...

 b) as a proposed successor to the Soyuz launch vehicle
Soyuz launch vehicle
Soyuz is a family of expendable launch systems developed by OKB-1, and manufactured by TsSKB-Progress in Samara, Russia. According to the European Space Agency, the Soyuz launch vehicle is the most frequently used and most reliable launch vehicle in the world....

, later renamed Soyuz/ST.

Mission parameters

  • Mass: 6450 kg (14,219.8 lb)
  • Perigee: 191 km (118.7 mi)
  • Apogee: 229 km (142.3 mi)
  • Inclination: 51.70°
  • Period: 88.60 min

Further reading

  • Luna Cornea, Number 14, January/April 1998, p. 58,
  • The Fabricated Cosmonaut and the Nonexistent Prophecy, Luis Alfonso Gamez. Skeptical Enquirer Volume 30, number 5 (September/October 2006) p12.

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