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Original conceptual design for ICBM. Final design was R-7 due to unachievability of mass ratio for this single stage design. Data from chart at Russian Space Agency HQ.

Standard warhead: 11,000 kg (24,000 lb). Maximum range: 8,000 km (4,900 mi). CEP: 12.90 km (8.00 mi). Maximum speed: 23,450 kph (14,570 mph).

Status: Study 1953.
Gross mass: 190,000 kg (410,000 lb).
Payload: 11,000 kg (24,000 lb).
Thrust: 2.64 kN (593 lbf).
Apogee: 1,267 km (787 mi).

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  • Early Russian Ballistic Missiles The true configuration of the world's first ICBM, the R-7, was revealed only in 1967, ten years after its first test. The Soviet N1 moon rocket was only revealed in 1990, 21 years after its first launch. At the same time, other Russian ballistic missiles were routinely paraded before the cameras of the world press even before they went into service. The extraordinary sensitivity of the Soviet leadership over these Korolev designs may be traced to the fact that they derived from the work of the Groettrup German rocket engineering team. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Korolev Russian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Korolev Design Bureau, Kaliningrad, Russia. More...

  • Vetrov, G S, S. P. Korolev i evo delo, Nauka, Moscow, 1998.

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