ATTENTION: The Boards will be closed permanently on May 28th, 2014. Posting will be disabled on April 28th, 2014. More Info

How to pilot a Soyuz spess wessel


GROUP: Members


Report this Oct. 22 2013, 9:24 am

Greetings from Russian trekker, nice board you have here.

Just wanted to look if you guys would be interested in real spaceflights. Most of the information about Soyuz-TMA can easily be found on the Wikipedia, I'm just posting some interesting and 'useful' information for armchair helm officers.


"Soyuz -TMA" spacecraft consists of Orbital Module, Descent Module and Instrumentation/Propultion Module, and the descent module occupies the central part of the ship.

     1. The docking unit.

     2. Descend Module.

     3. Intermediate compartment.

     4. Instrument compartment.

     5. Propulsion compartment.

     6. Orbital Module.

     7. Exit hatch.

     8. Optical/Visual device.


And here is how the cabin looks like (notice that there are more buttons here than on the TOS Enterprise helm console)

 Full size -


1. The integrated control panel (ICP). There are two of them on board - one is operated by Commander, other one - by first Flight Engineer.

2. Numeric keypad for inputing codes (To navigate by ICP)

3. Marker control block (To navigate by ICP)

4. Current state of systems indication panel.

5. Hand rotary valves. They are responsible for the oxygen supply.

6. Electro-pneumo-valve of oxygen supply during landing.

7. Special cosmonaut visor. During the docking commander looks at the docking target. The visor works pretty much like a periscope on submarines.

8. Throttle control. With its help, commander gives "Soyuz- TMA " linear (positive or negative) acceleration.

9. Orientation control. With its help, commander sets the rotation of the " Soyuz- TMA " around the center of mass.

10. Refrigeration and drying unit removes from the ship heat and moisture that inevitably accumulate in the air due to the presence on board.

11. Toggle switch space suits ventilation during landing.

12. Voltmeter .

13. Fuse box.

14. Button for conservating ship after docking. "Soyuz-TMA" is operable only for 4 days in independent flight, so the ship should be preserved. After docking power supply and ventilation are provided by ISS systems.


Seems like flying this as easy as driving a car, isn't it?

The information was took and translated from russian "Popular Mechanics" - (FTGJ of copyright)


GROUP: Members

POSTS: 2154

Report this Oct. 26 2013, 8:59 pm

Welcome to Star Trek Homepage, Zelenyi, and thank you for your very precise and informative description of how to fly a real spacecraft!  You have made it look easy, but I'm sure it is not quite so simple in practice!

Is this craft for landing on the Moon or other bodies as well, such as Mars?

I am a fan of Russian aviation and your aerospace achievements.  Thank you, Zelenyi, for sharing with us.


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."


GROUP: Members


Report this Oct. 27 2013, 3:19 am

Well, at first I thought nobody was interested, but I'm glad that at least someone is.

This spacecraft is used to dock with ISS - deliver crew and supplies. Of course, one cannot reach ISS without month of preparation and guidance from Mission Control Center during the flight, but basics of controlling its systems are not difficult to understand.

If you or anyone else want to see more of posts like this about Soviet/Russian spacecrafts (Moon program for example, maybe space probes to Mars and Venus), just post here to let me know.


GROUP: Members

POSTS: 2154

Report this Oct. 27 2013, 7:39 am

Thank you, Zelenyj!  There seems to be growing interest in colonizing the Moon and/or Mars, so your videos might be very helpful for our pilots.

Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

Forum Permissions

You cannot post new topics in this forum

You cannot reply to topics in this forum

You cannot delete posts in this forum