Space Rocket History Archive

Space Rocket History #143 – The First Soyuz Automatic Docking and the Secret Plan

August 1, 2019

After 1957, the Soviets became accustomed to achieving “world firsts” in space accomplishments. Nevertheless, 10 years later they were not confident that they could pull off the world’s first fully automatic rendezvous and docking of two un-piloted Soyuz spacecraft.  At the time the chance for success was estimated at only 50/50.