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Apollo Soyuz Test Project Fact Sheet

Apollo Soyuz Test Project Fact Sheet

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APOLLO
SOYUZ
TEST
PROJECT
USA
-
USSR
RELEASE
NO:74-196
 
TABLE
OF
CONTENTS
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Summary.
U.S.
Space
Vehicle
Configuration
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rew
Assignments
ASTP
Funding
and
Budget
Request
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STP
Major
Contractors
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Investigators
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stronaut
Biographies
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osmonaut
Biographies
 
APOLLO
SOYUZ
TEST
PROJECT
The
Apollo
Soyuz
Test
Project
(ASTP)
is
a
jointendeavor
of
the
United
sates
and
the
Soviet
Union
as
part
of
the agreement
on
cooperation in
space
which
President
Nixon
and
ChairmanKosyginsigned
in
Moscow
in
May
of
1972.
Both
countries
have
agreed
ta
develop
compatible
rendezvous
and
docking
systems
which
dl1
pro-
vide
a
basis
for
docking
and
rescue
on future
spacecraft
of
both
nations,
and
to
conduct
a
joint
experimental
mix-
sion
in
mid-1975
to
rendezvous and
dock
a
manned
Apollo
spacecraft
with
a
manned
Soyus-type
spacecraft
to test
these
docking
systems
in
orbit.
Each
nation
is
separately
developing
docking
systems
based
ona
mutually
agreeable
single
set
of
interface
design specifications.
The
major
new
U.S.
program
elements
are
the
Docking
Module
and
docking
system
necessary
to
achieve
compatibi-
lity
af
rendezvous
and
docking
systems
with
the
USSR-
developed
hardware
tobe
used
on
a
Soyuz
spacecraft.
TheDocking
Module
and
system
together
with
an
Apollo
Command
and
Service
Module
(CSM)
will
be
launched
on
a
Saturn
IB
launch
vehicle.
The Docking
Module
and
the
docking system
will
be
stowed
in
the
spacecraft launch
vehicle
adapter
and
ext,racted
by
the
CSM
while
in
Earth
orbit
in
a
manner
similar
to
that
used
with the
Lunar
Module
on
an
Apollo
lunar
mission.
The
ASTP
mission
will
include
testing
a
compatible
rendezvous
system
in
orbit
;
testing
the
compatible
docking
systems;
verifying
techniques
for
transfer
of
astronauts
and
cosmonauts;
conducting
experiments
while
docked
and
undecked;
developing
experience
for
the
conduct
of
poten-
tial
joint
flights
by
U.S.
and
USSR
spacecraft,
including,
in
case
of
necessity,
rendering
aid
in
emergency situations.
Joint
US/USSR
working
groupshave
been
meeting
on
a
scheduled
basis
to
review
and
agree
on
the technical
and
operational
aspects
of
the
joint
project
.

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