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RSC Energia museum has been replenished with a new exhibit

March 13, 2020

On March 12 the opening of a new exhibit small arms of personal survival kit (SAPSK) TP-82 developed on the initiative of the USSR pilot-cosmonaut, Twice Hero of the Soviet Union A.A. Leonov occurred at the museum of RSC Energia. The event was timed to the first man spacewalk fifty five years ago on March 18, 1965.

The right to transfer the exhibit to the museum for storage was granted to Twice Hero of the Soviet Union pilot-cosmonaut A.P. Aleksandrov and lead designer for the development of TP-82, employee of the Tula Weapons Factory N.V. Upirov. Now the exhibit will be stored in a special showcase and demonstrated to visitors of the RSC Energia museum.

The welcoming speech at the ceremony was made by: General Director of RSC Energia N.N. Sevastianov, Head of the Korolev urban district A.N. Khodyrev, daughter of A.A. Leonov O.A. Leonova and O.V. Kovalskaya, Vice-Rector of A.A. Leonov Technological University.

N.V Upirov shared his memory of enthusiasm with which he worked in 1979 together with A.A. Leonov over the creation of a small-sized multifunctional weapon. The product was intended to send light signals, protect from dangerous animals, store up firewood and materials when building shelters. General Director of RSC Energia N.N. Sevastianov noted a practical concept of the ideological inspirer and designer: the pistol was equipped with a machete butt which is vital in case of emergency landing in wilderness. The idea of creating a three-barreled pistol came to Leonov after the descent vehicle of Voskhod-2 landed in taiga in the Urals instead of the planned area in the Kazakhstan steppe.

In 1986 after two years of comprehensive testing TP-82 was made operational. For 20 years it was part of SAPSK for all crews of the Soyuz manned spacecraft.

 

 

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