Tags: space, soyuz17, spaceussr
FLOWN RUSSIAN SURVIVAL AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT A LIFE PRESERVER CARRIED ON SOYUZ 14 and A BEACON CARRIED ON SOYUZ 17 The flown life preserver consists of dual orange 12 inch wide and 34 inch tall inflatable underarm "water wing" floats, with each having a 7 x 4 x 2 inch gray nylon container and snap closures. An open container allows viewing of one float, and each has a sewn label which reads (translated): "28 ASP-74 Right/Left Float, OTK 81835109." Compressed gas cylinders inflate the floats via pull strings, but dual tubes allow manual inflation in case of cylinder failure. An approximately 18 inch long nylon strap connects the float containers. This life preserver was issued to Cosmonaut Yuri Artyukhin. He was the flight engineer aboard Soyuz 14 and flew with command cosmonaut Pavel Popovich during July 1974. They docked to the orbiting Salyut 3 space station and spent over 15 days testing various military space flight applications. Artyukhin died on August 4, 1998. With a copy of a Russian manuscript letter signed by Mr. Sukov (head of the Cosmonaut Rescue Crew) reading (translated): "In July 1977, I was participating in the preparation of the crew for the spaceships. Space engineer and a crew member of Souz-14, U.L. Artuhin gave me as a gift several objects that took important place in successful completion of the space flight. The objects are: cellular (sputnikovaya) radio station #3445, flashlight FM 1n1231008."