[FPSPACE] The Red Stuff

Dwayne Allen Day wayneday@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu
Mon, 23 Oct 2000 17:04:09 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 23 Oct 2000, Tristan Cools wrote:

> Yes, that surprised me too.  That was the first time I heard about it.  The
> parachute had to knocked into the canister with a wooden hammer to put it
> in place.  
> A previous unmanned Soyuz test sank into the ocean when a hole was burned
> into the heat shield.  So they had to build a bigger heat shield and as a
> result of that the parachute had to be bigger also.  They never had a
> chance to test the new parachute prior to launch of Soyuz 1.

Wait... this is the parachute that failed during the reentry,
right?  And it was never tested before flight?  That is pretty
amazing.  Has that information ever come out before?