story by Balashova Galina Andreevna

For 13 years, from 1977 to 1991 I had at the request of S.S. Kryukov, the 1st Deputy Chief Designer, to paint the flight pennants sketches which were manufactured by the Leningrad Mint. Pennants were made of lightweight aluminum and were covered with colored enamel. At my sketches 28 different space pennants were done. There were 2 types of them. First type was devoted to new spaceships or Orbital stations – “Soyuz” (Union) and “Progress”, “Salut-6” (Firework-6), “Salyut-7” (Firework-7), “MIR” (Peace). Others were devoted to the international space missions – “USSR-France”, “USSR-India”, “USSR-Japan” and many others. On one side of the pennants were coats of arms of countries participating in the flight against a background of flags of these countries. On he other side were the pictures of spaceships and orbital stations at which they flew. Spaceships and Orbital stations on the pennants were portrayed accurately with all external parts – antennas, docking units, solar panels and handrails etc. Usually eight pennants were taken on the spaceship board. And after returning to the Earth the were sent to the Space Museum and to the member countries of the flight.

Вымпел орбитального комплекса “Салют-6 - Союз” 1978г.
The orbital complex "Salut-6 - Soyuz" pennant1978.
Вымпел пилотируемого корабля “Союз” 1978г.
The manned spaceship "Soyuz" (Union) pennant 1978.
Вымпел грузового корабля “Прогресс” 1978г.
The Cargo spaceship "Progress" pennant 1978.
Вымпел орбитальной станции “Салют-6” 1978г.
The orbital station "Salyut-6" (Firework-6) pennant 1978.
Вымпел пилотируемого корабля “Союз-Т” 1981г.
The manned spaceship "Soyuz-T" (Union-T) pennant 1981.
Вымпел орбитальной научной космической станции “Салют-7”, 1981г.
The Orbital scientific space station "Salyut-7" (Firework-7) pennant, 1981.
Медаль “25 лет запуска первого космического спутника Земли”, 1982г.
The "25 years of launching the first space satellite" medal, 1982.
Вымпел орбитальной  космической станции “Мир”. 1985г.
The orbital space station "MIR" (World, Peace) pennant, 1985.
Вымпел орбитальной  космической станции “Мир”. 1985г.
The orbital space station "MIR" (World, Peace) pennant, 1985.
Вымпел грузового космического корабля “Прогресс”, 1989г.
The Cargo spaceship "Progress" pennant 1989.
Вымпел орбитальной космической станции “Мир” 1990г.
The orbital space station "MIR" (World, Peace) pennant, 1990.
Вымпел орбитальной космической станции “Мир” 1990г.
The orbital space station "MIR" (World, Peace) pennant, 1990.