Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

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It was a Soviet space control-monitoring ship that was devoted to detecting and receiving satellite communications. The ship also conducted upper atmosphere and outer space research.

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  • Type: control-monitoring ship
  • Historical period: Cold War
  • Country: USSR
  • Scale: 1:200
  • Number of sheets: 54 sheets A3

Historical information

The "Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin" was a Soviet space control-monitoring ship that was devoted to detecting and receiving satellite communications. Named after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, he was completed in December 1971 to support the Soviet space program. The ship also conducted upper atmosphere and outer space research.

It had very distinguishable looks due to two extremely large and two smaller parabolic "dish" antennas placed on top of the hull.

In Soviet times, the "Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin" was the world's largest communications ship and was the flagship of a fleet of communications ships. These ships greatly extended the tracking range when the orbits of cosmonauts and unmanned missions were not over the USSR.

In 1975, the ship was a part of the Soviet-American Apollo-Soyuz joint test program.

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