EUROPE & CIS: ABC transports 1961-era ‘Vostok’ space capsule

The former USSR space capsule ‘Vostok 3KA-2′ has been safely returned to a museum in Russia onboard an AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ B747-400 freighter. Weighing 5,600 kg, the capsule was transported from ABC’s European online station in Frankfurt on one of the airline’s scheduled flights to its cargo hub at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. ABC currently operates 12 […]


The former USSR space capsule ‘Vostok 3KA-2′ has been safely returned to a museum in Russia onboard an AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ B747-400 freighter. Weighing 5,600 kg, the capsule was transported from ABC’s European online station in Frankfurt on one of the airline’s scheduled flights to its cargo hub at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. ABC currently operates 12 Boeing 747 all-cargo services a week between the two cities. The space capsule was produced by the Soviet Union and is of great historical interest for its role in the country’s space exploration programme. ‘Vostok 3KA-2’ went into orbit on the 25 March 1961 carrying a cosmonaut mannequin and a live dog – 18 days before cosmonaut Yury Gagarin’s first flight. A Russian businessman recently paid nearly US$2.9 million at an auction for the capsule. The return of the space capsule to Russia coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first space flight performed by Yury Gagarin in 1961.