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 because 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.