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Soyuz Kontakt A
Soyuz Kontakt A
Provisional drawing of Soyuz Kontakt A (Active) derivative of Soyuz for earth orbit tests of Kontakt lunar orbit docking system. It is uncertain if the Soyuz included the forward-mounted maneuvering engines, or just the active docking mechanism of the LOK lunar orbiter. Certainly the LOK's cupola forward viewing port would have to be included in the orbital module.

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Article Number: 11F615. Manufacturer's Designation: 7K-OK. Class: Manned. Type: Spacecraft. Nation: USSR. Manufacturer: Korolev.

Modification of the Soyuz 7K-OK spacecraft with the active portion of the Kontakt rendezvous and docking system, developed for the lunar orbit rendezvous of the 7K-OK manned lunar orbiter. Crews trained but due to delays with the N1 booster, the spacecraft never flew. Craft.Crew Size: 3. Design Life: 10 days. Orbital Storage: 35.00 days. Total Length: 8.0 m. Maximum Diameter: 2.7 m. Total Habitable Volume: 9.00 m3. Total Mass: 6,560 kg. Total Propellants: 500 kg. Primary Engine Thrust: 417 kgf. Main Engine Propellants: Nitric Acid/Hydrazine. Main Engine Isp: 282 sec. Total spacecraft delta v: 390 m/s. Electric system: 0.50 total average kW. Electrical System: Solar panel span: 9.80 m, area: 14.00 sq. m.


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