Vostok 4 (Russian: Восток-4, Orient 4 or East 4) was a mission in the Soviet space program. It was launched in August 1962, a day after Vostok 3 with cosmonaut Pavel Popovich on board—the first time that more than one manned spacecraft were in orbit at the same time. The two Vostok capsules came within 6.5 km (4.0 mi) of one another and ship-to-ship radio contact was established.
Model of the Vostok capsule with its upper stage
|Operator||Soviet space program|
|Harvard designation||1962 Alpha Nu 1|
|Mission duration||2 days, 22 hours, 56 minutes|
|Manufacturer||Experimental Design Bureau OKB-1|
|Launch mass||4,728 kilograms (10,423 lb)|
|Callsign||Беркут (Berkut - golden eagle)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||August 12, 1962, 08:02:33UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||August 15, 1962, 06:59UTC|
|Perigee||159 kilometres (99 mi)|
|Apogee||211 kilometres (131 mi)|
The cosmonauts of Vostok 3 and 4 did not attempt rendezvous. At one point the craft came within a few kilometers of each other and Popovich later reported at a news conference that he saw the other craft from orbit. Popovich is quoted as saying, "I saw it at once," referring to seeing Vostok 3 in orbit. "It looked like a very small moon in the distance."
The mission went largely as planned, despite a malfunction with the Vostok's life-support systems that meant that cabin temperature dropped down to 10 °C (50 °F). The flight was terminated early after a misunderstanding by ground control, who believed that Popovich had given them a codeword asking to be brought back ahead of schedule.
|Pilot||Vladimir M. Komarov|
- "Baikonur LC1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- Gatland, Kenneth (1976). Manned Spacecraft, Second Revision. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. pp. 117–118. ISBN 0-02-542820-9.
- "Soviet Spacemen Say No Try Made To 'Rendezvous'", TheMontreal Gazette newspaper, Aug 22, 1962