8 Laser Gun For a Soviet Cosmonaut

Laser Gun For a Soviet Cosmonaut

Posted on October 5, 2013 by team

The first weapon that flew to space was a Makarov gun that was part of a survaval kit of Yuri Gagarin. Since 1982 it was replaced by a specially developed three-barrel gun – TP-82. It could be required for survival or self-defence in conditions of an abort landing.

Meanwhile the first American weapon in space was a classic knife for survival that was named Astro 17 and resembled a legendary Bowie knife.

In 1984 to protect manned orbital stations and long term manned stations the Soviet Military Academy developed a really phantastic weapon – a fiber laser gun.

The main requirements to the weapon were a small size and ability to destroy optic systems of an enemy.

The main elements of the laser gun (as any laser) could be active medium, a pump source and an optical resonator. But it was subsequently decided to replace active medium with fiber optics elements. Disposable pyrotechnic electronic flashes were used as a source of light pumping.

Лазерный пистолет космонавта. Сделано в СССР
The laser beam of the gun maintains its burning and blinding effect at the distance of up to twenty meters.

Based on the laser gun with a pyrotechnic flash light there was designed a laser revolver with a drum magazine. Its creators announced the ability of the revolver to convert into a medical tool if necessary.

All experimental works were done manually. They were about to start serial production of the flash lights for the gun however the conversion of the defence industry put an end to the project.

Today this wonder weapon may be seen at the Museum of the Strategic Missile Forces of the Military Academy named after Peter the Great in Moscow.


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8 Responses to “Laser Gun For a Soviet Cosmonaut”

  1. tony says:

    Another useless product from the Soviet Union. Who were these cosmonauts going to encounter in space since it it so difficult to rendezvous with another spacecraft? Stupid stuff.

  2. Dan says:

    This reeks of disinformation. I somehow suspect a propaganda stunt. This seems as real as the alien autopsy.

  3. EyeDentify says:

    If you botherd to read the article instead of just making stupid comments without any merits you would know the guns purpose was for the event of an aborted launch or if they landed somewhere they wasent supose to.

    • Sgt. Hulka says:

      Lighten up, Francis. Why not just bring an actual pistol for that? They just brought this fake ray gun because it looked cool with the suit.

      • fasolmateusz says:

        Why not a real gun? Well, just imagine an astronaut shooting a conventional projectile in microgravity – reactional force would at least cause transfer of momentum and made the shooter spin if he held the gun properly (aiming). If an astronaut wouldn’t want to start to spin, he’d have to hold the gun around the center of mass, he’d be just accelerated backwards – well, great – all the recoil goes to the stomach, not mentioning difficulties in aiming.
        So – shooting shell ammo in microgravity is at least difficult. Now imagine you have a laser, which gives almost no recoil, since there’s no need to accelerate bullet and reaction force is therefore absent. Makes sense now?
        So Russians do tend to have good ideas, don’t they?

  4. romn says:

    Burn holes in space suit actually. dehermetization fo sho

  5. Nelson says:

    That’s good reason behind making a laser gun

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