Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing
180 km southeast of Dzheskasgan.
Following a one day solo flight Soyuz
T-14 docked with Salyut 7 on September 18, 1985. Main goal was a partly
exchange of current resident crew
). Soyuz T-14 transported
to the Salyut 7 orbital station.
had inspected the repairs and condition of the
station, he and Vladimir
, from Soyuz
, returned to earth aboard Soyuz T-13 on September 26, 1985.
crew received Kosmos 1686
on October 02, 1985. This was a modified
spacecraft with the military 'star wars'
tracking experiments mounted in a stripped-down VA capsule. The crew was to
conduct these experiments, and conduct spacewalks with application to future
space stations. Kosmos 1686 contained 4,500 kg (9,900 lb) of freight, including
large items like a girder to be assembled outside Salyut 7, and the
Kristallizator materials processing apparatus. All landing systems were removed
from the VA re-entry capsule and replaced with military optical sensor
experiments (infrared telescope and Ozon spectrometer). It burned up in the
atmosphere and together with the Salyut 7 station over Argentina on February
07, 1991 04:00
. It re-entered with unused 3 m diameter
recoverable capsule of 2-3,000 kg mass, solid rocket motors, and cesium
Photography of the Earth surface was done. Observation of
mechanical and electronical behavior of enlarged space station (Kosmos 1686)
was part of the scientific program. The crew conducted military experiments
with the Kosmos 1686 module.
A premature return to Earth
of seriously illness of Vladimir
was needed. He was suffering from a very bad
urinary tract infection and had a high fever as well. It took nearly six weeks
of antibiotics once back on the ground before he was better. Other sources said
that the mission was cut short due to an incapacitating psychological condition
developed by Vladimir
Experiments and tests for the planned space
station MIR and
were not accomplished.