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The UI of Soyuz-TMA spaceship

Ever wondered what the User Interface for controlling a Soyuz-TMA spaceship looks like? Thanks to Astronaut.ru you can download a training program, used by the astronauts, as a DOS executable, run it with DOSBox and try your luck. This is what it’s like:

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Some of the strings in English:

ГОТОВО
Ready

НЕ ГОТОВО
Not Ready

Время
It is time.

НЕПТУН
NEPTUNE

БУДИЛЬНИК
Alarm

Тестирование MIL-1553
Testing MIL-1553

Статус
Status

БЗавершение операции
Operation Completed.

Here is the full list, or the instruction manual (Google Translate). The UI in action:

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Another screen shown running on the actual display:

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If you want to dive in more, Slava Gerovitch at MIT has published an extensive set of information on the Russian space program in English, this is a good start at the computer systems by Yurii Tiapchenko. The level of knowledge that has accumulated in this is just mind boggling.