Russian Longterm-Flight – Phase 3

The mission of the 17th main crew (HM-17) on board of the space station MIR lasted from 4 October 1994 to 22 March 1995 (a total of 170 days). The crew consisted of the commander Aleksandr Stepanovich Viktorenko, the board engineer Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova. The scientific cosmonaut (WK), Dr. Valeri Vladimirovich Poljakov, who has worked on the space station as a member of HM-15 and HM-16 for 270 days, continued his work again as a member of HM-17.

Flight program
06.10.1994 – 04.11.1994
13.11.1994 – 16.02.1995
17.02.1995 – 15.03.1995
16.03.1995 – 22.03.1995

In the final phase of HM-17 the crews of two expeditions (HM-17 and HM-18 with the members Vladimir Nikolayevich Dezhurov, Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov and the American astronaut Norman Taggart) were working on board of the space station.

Basic characteristics of the program HM-17 were the ending of the medical cosmonaut`s record longterm flight, the realization of the longterm flight program of a female cosmonaut, the realization of the program “EUROMIR-94”, the initiation of the common flight as per the program “MIR-Shuttle”.

Modified experiment equipments and -methodes

By the redevelopement of the equipment KYMO an advancement in data accuracy and amplification of the acquired parameters and the amount of data could be achieved. KYMO-2 supported the following experiments:

Experiment Modifications and additional measurements to prior phases
in hardware in methodology

These equipments were transported to the space station in time before the beginning of the phase RLF-3, so that immediately in the beginning of the phase the experiments could be arranged with the new methode.