Warning: Death Open Casket funeral of Vladimir Komarov, whose space capsule burned up on re-entry. In the case of Vladimir Komarov, the death was preventable. I understand that fierce competition in human spaceflight between the Soviet Union and the United States drove that pace, but more fundamentally, this preventable human . Vladimir Komarov (right) with his dear friend and fellow cosmonaut Juri Gagarin (right). Once in orbit, it became clear the program was a failure. The spacecraft was only at half of its power and the ground’s command center gave the order to get back home as quickly as possible. As the cosmonaut reentered the atmosphere, the spacecraft was. Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr mʲɪˈxaɪləvʲɪtɕ kəmɐˈrof]; 16 March – 24 April ) was a Soviet test pilot, aerospace engineer and skikdainfo.info October , he commanded Voskhod 1, the first spaceflight to carry more than one crew member. He became the first cosmonaut to fly Missions: Voskhod 1, Soyuz 1.