Lunar Orbit OPS
Credit: © Mark Wade
Russian manned lunar orbiter. Study 1968. In Chelomei's draft project for the UR-700, he proposed that lunar versions of the Almaz OPS be placed in lunar orbit to conduct detailed reconnaissance of the surface using manned assistance.
The OPS would also be used as a command post to co-ordinate the work of lunar surface operations and organize rescues in the case of emergencies on the surface. The UR-700 could place a station of 37,080 kg into lunar orbit - sufficient for a complete OPS, an LK-700 return spacecraft, and many metric tons of additional payload.
Crew Size: 2.
Gross mass: 37,000 kg (81,000 lb).
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Height: 11.50 m (37.70 ft).
Associated Launch Vehicles
UR-700 Russian heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. The UR-700 was the member of Vladimir Chelomei's Universal Rocket family designed in the 1960's to allow direct manned flight by the LK-700 spacecraft to the surface of the moon. However Korolev's N1 was the selected Soviet super-booster design. Only when the N1 ran into schedule problems in 1967 was work on the UR-700 resumed. The draft project foresaw first launch in May 1972. But no financing for full scale development was forthcoming; by then it was apparent that the moon race was lost. More...
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Chelomei Russian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Chelomei Design Bureau, Reutov, Russia. More...
Yevtifyev, M D, Dolgiy put k 'Burye', Vyzovskaya kniga, Moscow, 1996..
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