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Family: N. Country: Russian. Status: Study 1963.

A variant of the first alternative considered in the 1962 nuclear N1 study. This was a 'high thrust' version of the Type A engine - apparently with higher propellant rate, lower specific impulse, and lower engine weight. Due to the very low density of the enormous liquid hydrogen upper stages, these immense vehicles would have been very ungainly (and had interesting stress problems during ascent!)


LEO Payload: 300,000 kg. to: 220 km Orbit. at: 51.6 degrees. Payload: 27,100 kg. to a: lunar surface trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 3,600,000 kgf. Total Mass: 2,500,000 kg. Core Diameter: 17.0 m. Total Length: 200.0 m.

N1 Nuclear AF Chronology

- 1963 May -


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