Vostok 1

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Human Exploration

Low Earth Orbit 1/5 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

The first crewed space launch & the first orbital launch. It carried the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who completed 1 orbit before safely re-entering the atmosphere, he ejected from his capsule at an altitude of 7 km in order to parachute safely to the ground. The mission lasted 108 minutes.

Vostok

Family: R-7
Configuration: K

The Vostok-K was an expendable carrier rocket used by the Soviet Union for thirteen launches between 1960 and 1964, six of which were manned. The Vostok-K made its maiden flight on 22 December 1960, three weeks after the retirement of the Vostok-L. The third stage engine failed 425 seconds after launch, and the payload, a Korabl-Sputnik spacecraft, failed to reach orbit. The spacecraft was recovered after landing, and the two dogs aboard the spacecraft survived the flight. On 12 April 1961, a Vostok-K rocket was used to launch Vostok 1, the first manned spaceflight, which made Yuri Gagarin the first human to fly in space.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    30.84 m
  • Diameter
    2.99 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    280 T
  • Thrust
    971 kN
Family
  • Name
    Vostok
  • Family
    R-7
  • Variant
    K
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Vostok-K
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    4725 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Vostok-3KA No.3


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 1 Crew Capacity: 1 Payload Capacity: 4725 kg
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Serial Number: Vostok-3KA No.3

Vostok 1 was a Vostok spacecraft which launched on 12 April 1961 06:07 UTC. It transported one cosmonaut to Low Earth Orbit. The crew was Yuri Gagarin.

Vostok Details

Crew


Yuri Gagarin

Pilot - Russian - ( RFSA )

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: March 9, 1934
Date of Death: March 27, 1968

Soviet Space Program

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Founded: 1931 Successes: 368 Failures: 15 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Government

The Soviet space program, was the national space program of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) actived from 1930s until disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Soviet Union's space program was mainly based on the cosmonautic exploration of space and the development of the expandable launch vehicles, which had been split between many design bureaus competing against each other. Over its 60-years of history, the Russian program was responsible for a number of pioneering feats and accomplishments in the human space flight, including the first intercontinental ballistic missile (R-7), first satellite (Sputnik 1), first animal in Earth orbit (the dog Laika on Sputnik 2), first human in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1), first woman in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova on Vostok 6), first spacewalk (cosmonaut Alexei Leonov on Voskhod 2), first Moon impact (Luna 2), first image of the far side of the Moon (Luna 3) and unmanned lunar soft landing (Luna 9), first space rover (Lunokhod 1), first sample of lunar soil automatically extracted and brought to Earth (Luna 16), and first space station (Salyut 1). Further notable records included the first interplanetary probes: Venera 1 and Mars 1 to fly by Venus and Mars, respectively, Venera 3 and Mars 2 to impact the respective planet surface, and Venera 7 and Mars 3 to make soft landings on these planets.

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