Soyuz TMA-06M

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Soyuz TMA-06M

The Soyuz TMA-06M was one of the first rockets recovered by Werenbach. At that time, only the steel from the steam turbines was imported to Switzerland and used to produce watch casings.
Facts
Facts
Mission

Manned

On Board

Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin, Kevin Anthony Ford

Rocket type

Soyuz FG

Launch location

Kazakhstan, Baikonur Cosmodrome 45°57′54″N 63°18′18″E

Launch date

23 October 2012

Launch time

10:51:11 UTC

Launch

The main goal of the expedition was to continue research on how life in space affects human organisms, studies on fish and their sensation of gravity and to monitor the impacts of solar radiation on Earth’s climate. Maintenance work was also undertaken on the ISS.

The Soyuz rocket is rolled out to the launch pad by train

Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Stages

Stage I
Stage I
Altitude

46 – 85 km

Flight duration

1.58 min

Speed

5'616 km/h

Stage II
Stage II
Altitude

~169 km

Flight duration

4.48 min

Speed

13'680 km/h

Stage III
Stage III
Altitude

207 km

Flight duration

8.49 min

Speed

26'964 km/h

On board ISS

Notable Facts
Notable Facts
Extravehicular activity

Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide disembarked the ISS for 6 hours and 38 minutes on 1st November to carry out technical repairs.

Communication

During their expedition in space, the crew managed to successfully control a Lego robot on Earth.

Recovery

For our second visit to Kazakhstan, we succeeded – after six months of negotiation – in persuading the suppliers that we were not, in fact, spies. Materials exported included aluminium bars (parts of the rocket’s outer shell that had been melted down on site) and deconstructed steel steam turbines. The heavy goods vehicle carrying the cargo from Soyuz TMA 06 arrived to Switzerland in January 2013, the same month the company was founded. Just a few months later, in autumn 2013, we were able to present our very first aluminium rocket watch.

Material recovery plant

Steam turbine

Expedition 33
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Soyuz TMA-06M

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