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Foton 11


Designation 25006 / 97060A
Launch date 9 Oct 1997 at 18:00 UT
Country of origin CIS
Mission Scientific: microgravity studies
Perigee/Apogee 218 / 371 km
Inclination 62.8°
Launch vehicle Soyuz
Launch site Plesetsk
Mass at launch 7000 kg

Has 3 packages on board: for ESA (biobox), CNES and DARA.

End of life

Landing 23 Oct 1997 (Foton and Mirka were separated before reentry, both landed safely)

Technical data

The Mirka capsule built by Kayser-Threde and Jena-Optronik GmbH is a 154 kg 1m diameter sphere which contains a 40 kg payload. Onboard will be the following experiments:
Heatin (Heatshield Instrumentation)
Raflex (Rarefied Flow Experiment)
Pyrex (Pyrometer Experiment)
Mirka's re-entry capabilities were tested.

IBIS 2, 75 kg (replacement for the IBIS payload on Foton 10)

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