I have just started reading James Oberg’s new book Star-Crossed Orbits.
The book is about the Russian/American space alliance, and on page 42 he makes an astonishing claim. The Russian space station Salyut 3 was armed with an aircraft cannon. To quote from the passage:
** The most bizarre feature of this vehicle wasn’t it’s spy camera, but it’s short range defense mechanism against a feared American attack. The Soviets had installed a modified jet fighter cannon on the nose of the station, and they actually test fired it in space.**
This is astonishing, I have never seen any mention of weapons aboard a manned spacecraft.
What would be the effects of firing a cannon on a spacecraft?