Authentic PVK Control Board from the Toru Docking System
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    This is an actual PVK Control Console from the MIR's twin sister ship in Russia. During the MIR mission, the ship was used for cosmonaut/astronaut training and technical analysis for the Russian Space Agency.

It is a Real Piece of
Russian Space History.

This panel was part of the Russian Toru Docking System which was used on the MIR, Salyut and the ISS.
The TORU system serves as a backup to the automatic Kurs system, providing navigational data for spacecraft approaching the Russian component for docking.
The PVK Control Panel is a device for commands calculations. It consists of red push buttons, indicator lights and old type digital display.
    The digital numbers are command codes appearing on the top of the device. The numbered buttons are used to send code command signals.

Here is the exact
same Control Board mounted on the
MIR Space Station
in orbit above the Earth.

The first element of the MIR
was launched on February 20, 1986.

Here is another picture of the panel mounted onboard the MIR.

MIR endured 15 years in orbit, 3 times its planned lifetime. Over its lifetime, the space station hosted 125 cosmonauts and astronauts from 12 different nations. It supported 17 space expeditions, including 28 long-term crews. After more than 86,000 total orbits, Mir re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on Friday, March 23, 2001, at 9 a.m. Moscow time. The 134-ton space structure broke up over the southern Pacific Ocean.
The above Control Panel was displayed at the 2000 World's Fair in Hannover, Germany. It was part of the Russian MIR TORU (Teleoperator Control System) Control Centre exhibit. 

This is a picture of the
exhibit in Germany. The PVK Panel is on the right and the panel on the left is a Sensor Control Panel.
We have all 3 control panels in our
International Space Collection.

The Toru Docking System as seen at the 2000 World's Fair in Germany

The TORU system serves as a backup to the automatic Kurs system, providing navigational data for spacecraft approaching the Russian component for docking.

In September, 2003 we were fortunate enough to actually acquire this authentic Space Station Control Board from the twin version of the MIR. 

The rest of the station was ultimately
disassembled in Russia and most of the pieces
were scraped after the MIR project ended in 2001.

We also have a  MIR Space Station Window Assembly
in our collection.
  Click Here for Pictures & Info.

Only a few pieces from the space station remain today.

Here is our TORU exhibit at Museum of Discovery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Here is our TORU exhibit at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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