Big opening of the new sale room in Brussles

Talk of the night among the numerous guests was the Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat and its journey that for now has reached its last destination in the impressive 225 sqm central gallery in Lempertz’s Brussels office. Where this journey will be continued, we’ll find out after the auction on May 7th.

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The Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat landed in Brussels

For now the VA space capsule reached its final destination: Brussels!

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From the 26 April the VA can be viewed at the newly opened Lempertz branch in Brussels. The historic building on Rue du Grand Cerf is open for the public from April 26th until May 7th, daily from 10.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.

On 7 May the VA Space Capsule will be auctioned at an estimated value of $1-2 million, together with two historic Sokol KV2 spacesuits (estimated value $80,000).

The Space Capsule in the Belgian Television – please click on the following links:

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Bye-Bye Berlin!

After a very successful preview in Berlin the space capsule of the type Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat (VA) left the German capital today in a special heavy goods vehicle. On its way to Brussels the VA will stop a couple of hours in Düsseldorf. Tomorrow, April 9th, the space capsule can be admired in front of the Düsseldorf town hall at Burgplatz from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.



The photos of the day

Today the Vozvraschaemyi Apparat was selected twice – by the German magazine “Der Stern” and “The Washington Post” – for the category The photos of the day.

Der Stern, 04.04.2014


Berlin, Deutschland. Einblick in die Sowjet-Raumkapsel Vozvraschaemyi Apparat, die in den 70er-Jahren an zwei Raumfahrtmissionen für das Almaz-Programm beteiligt war. Sie soll im Mai neben alten Kontrollmodulen und Raumanzügen in Brüssel versteigert werden. © Hauke-Christian Dittrich/DPA


The Washington Post, 04.04.2014


An original instrument panel from the Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat former Soviet space capsule and a Sokol KV2 spacesuit stand on display during a media preview in Berlin. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


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A visitor peeks inside the Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat former Soviet space capsule during a media preview in Berlin before the capsule’s auction. The capsule, which could carry three astronauts, served on two Cosmos space missions in the late 1970s. It will be on display in Berlin from April 4-7 and is scheduled to be sold at auction in Brussels on May 7. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat in Berlin

Today a special heavy goods vehicle loaded with the Russian space capsule Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat (VA) arrived  in Berlin. The VA space capsule was brought to the Jüdische Mädchenschule (Auguststraße 11 in Berlin-Mitte) where this piece of space history will be available for public preview from 4 to 7 April, daily 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm and 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

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Landing of the Vozvraschaemyi Apparat at the Frankfurt Airport

Today at 1:45 pm flight SV 935 landed at the Frankfurt Airport – on board the space capsule Vozvraschaemyi Apparat (VA). The Boeing 747-800 took of this morning at the Saudi-Arabian capital Riyadh. After six hours of flight the space capsule has reached its destination. In a spectacular action the nearly two tonnes historic space vehicle was unloaded from the aircraft. In Saudia Arabia the VA was exhibited at a Science Fair.

Watch the Video of the Arrival of the VA Space Capsule in Frankfurt





The space capsule will reach Berlin in a special heavy goods vehicle for a Preview at the Jewish Girls’ School.

„Sokol-KV2“ (No. 0360185) of cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri

The Sokol-KV2 spacesuit (No. 0360185) was worn by the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri on his flight to the MIR space station in the Soyuz TM24 spacecraft on 17 August 1996. Kaleri wore the same spacesuit on his return to Earth on 2 March 1997 (EO-22), and it carries the following insignia: the flag of the Russian Federation, the emblem of the Russian Space Agency (RSA) and the emblem of the orbital MIR Space Station.

Alexander Kaleri was born in 1956 and spent many years working on the development of the MIR Space Station. He was selected as a cosmonaut in 1984 and flew three long-term missions to MIR in 1992, 1996-1997 and 2000. This was followed by a joint mission with Michael Foale on the ISS Expedition 8, in 2003-2004, when the two men worked on the international space station. In 1992 Kaleri received the award “Hero of the Russian Federation”.

„Sokol-KV2“ (No. 0820280) of astronaut Michael Foale

The Sokol-KV2 spacesuit (No. 0820280) was worn by the British-American astronaut Michael Foale on the ISS Expedition 8 in the spaceship Soyuz TMA3 in 2003.

This suit is adorned by the following insignia: the flag of the United States of America, the emblem of the US space agency NASA and the emblem of the orbital MIR Space Station.

Foale was born in 1957, studied physics at Queen’s College Cambridge and has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. In 2003 Foale became commander of the ISS Expedition 8 (together with the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri). Until 2008 he had been the US citizen with the longest period of time in space: 373 days, 18 hours and 18 minutes. He was also the first UK citizen to conduct work outside the spacecraft. Foale was made Commander of the British Empire in December 2004.


„Sokol-KV2“ – Space Suits


Together with the VA Space Capsule two historic Sokol KV2 spacesuits at an estimated value of $80,000  will be auctioned.

The historic Sokol-KV2 spacesuit (upper-left hand side) was worn by the British-American astronaut Michael Foale in the Soyuz TMA3 (ISS Expedition 8) in 2003.

The second Sokol-KV2 spacesuit (upper-right hand side) was worn by the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri on his flight to the MIR space station in the Soyuz TM24 spacecraft on 17 August 1996.


The Almaz programme

The Almaz programme was a military space programme of the Soviet Union. It was the first time that space capsules were launched into space and subsequently reused. Apart from the Space Shuttle, the Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat (VA) capsules of the Almaz programme have been the only space vehicles that were used more than once.

The Almaz programme consisted of three subsystems:

(1) The VA Spacecraft (11F74) with the VA Space Capsule as its main component, i.e. the capsule that is being auctioned,

(2) The Orbital Piloted Station (OPS) (11F71), the core module of the space station as a manned orbital station,

(3) The Functional Cargo Block (FGB) (11F77) as a transport vehicle to take supplies to
the station.

Video “Almaz History”

Excalibur Almaz


The Space Capsule Vozvraschaemyi Apparat (VA) still is in the possession of Excalibur Almaz, a company specialized in affordable and reliable transportation of humans and cargo to Low Earth Orbit, libration point, the Moon and beyond.


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