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May 17, 2016
Russian space firm runs first tests of new 'Federation' manned spacecraft
Moscow (Sputnik) May 09, 2016
Russian experts conducted the first tests of the advanced Federatsia (Federation) manned spacecraft's human-machine interface at a unique ergonomic simulator for the piloted transport vehicle, the Energia space corporation said in a statement Thursday. The ergonomic simulator very closely replicates the crew seats in the command module of the spacecraft, as well as the crew's working conditions, including the use of rescue spacesuits. "We conducted the first formally documented test as part ... read more

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