Vostock ejection seat

Vostock ejection seat

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Caption: Vostock ejection seat. All of the cosmonauts in the Vostock series of spaceflights used such ejection seats before landing. Although the Vostock capsules were equipped with parachutes, the landing speeds were still too high for human occupants. The cosmonaut, therefore, fired the ejection seat at an altitude of 7000 metres, arriving back to 'terra firma' under their own parachute. Although the use of this system was publicised for Vostocks 2 to 6, it was long claimed that Vostock 1's pilot, Yuri Gagarin, landed inside the capsule. This is now known to be false, and that Gagarin also ejected.

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Keywords: ejection seat, flight, manned spaceflight, novosti, program, programme, russian, seat, soviet, space, spacecraft, vostock

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