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May 1th 1998 22:00 hrs.


4D update for K. 11025 Hz. 1997 Multi speaker audio-installation

Outer space frequencies, radio activity in soundscape set-up, real time burning cosmonauts,

pulsars, black holes and more, much more.


Badhuis,Oldenzaalsestraat 18, Hengelo.



Vladimir Mikhailovich Komarov Status: Deceased. Trained as: Cosmonaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Nationality: Russian. Born: 3/16/27. Died: 4/24/67. Group: 1960 Air Force Group 1. Departed: 1967. Total Time: 2.13 days. Comments: SU Air Force. Died in crash of Soyuz 1, 4/24/67. Call sign: Rubin (Ruby).

Soyuz 1

Komarov was the pilot for the Soyuz 1 active spacecraft, which would be launched first. Soyuz 2, with the crew of Bykovsky, Khrunov, and Yeliseyev would launch the following day, with Khrunov and Yeliseyev space walking to Soyuz 1 and returning to earth with Komarov. Not only would this mission show the superiority of Soviet technology, compared to that in America just after the Apollo 204 fire, but it would prove several key elements (first orbit rendezvous, crew transfer via space walk) of the planned lunar landing mission.

However immediately after orbital insertion Komarov's problems started. One of the solar panels failed to deploy, staying wrapped around the service module. Although only receiving half of the planned solar power, an attempt was made to manoeuvre the spacecraft. This failed. The decision was then made to bring Komarov back. The first attempt at retrofire however failed - the automatic systems of the ship could not orient it because at the moment of manoeuvre to retrofire attitude the spacecraft was going through an ion 'pocket' A decision was made to make a manual retrofire on the next orbit. Because the manoeuvre would be happening on the night side of the earth, Komarov could not use the Vzor optical alignment device to orient the spacecraft for retrofire. A method of alignment by sighting the moon through the periscope (anticipating Apollo 13's manual method by several years!) was hurriedly selected. Komarov was able to accomplish the manual retrofire using this method.

Re-entry was successful and the drag chute deployed. However due to a failure of a pressure sensor, the main parachute would not deploy. Komarov released the reserve chute, but it became tangled with the drag chute, which had not been released as would have normally occurred on deployment of the main chute. The descent module crashed into a field near Orenburg at 7 am.

The local air force commander reported to the control centre only that the cosmonaut would require immediate medical attention, then severed all communication links. Ustinov was told by Kamanin at eleven that Komarov was dead. Ustinov phoned Brezhnev, then in Czechoslovakia, at noon. The world was informed by TASS seven hours later. Komarov's ashes were buried in the Kremlin Wall in a massive ceremony. Stories prevalent among those who worked at US listening posts in Turkey said that Komarov was infuriated by the balky spacecraft, and went out cursing those who had sent him in such an unready piece of equipment. The Russians claim that the crash site was not thoroughly cleaned up by the recovery teams. A group of Young Pioneers supposedly found some remains of Komarov at the crash site, and gave him a second burial place.


Past projects

World Wide Fax Festival17 - 5 - 1997 Virtual Room, Hengelo together with Linda Hellemons

"The Gods Must Be Crazy"23 - 8 - 1997 CD-project grote kerk/oude markt, Enschede

Hardcore Cyber Punk Multimedia Night13 - 12 - 1997 ATAK, Enschede

Wake Up danceparty's1997, 074 - Metropool - de Fabriek - Innocent - Virtual Room, Hengelo, Enschede

Deafclub14 - 03 -1998, pumping noise in artcafe

Exploding Digita14 - 04 - 1998 Planetart Badhuis Hengelo, installatie

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