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

Second primary alternative considered for the 1962 nuclear N1 study. The immense liquid hydrogen tank of the second nuclear stage would have dwarfed the N1 first stage mounted below it in the shadows. The extremely poor thrust to weight ratio of the Type V engine design compared to that of the Type A remains unexplained.


LEO Payload: 420,000 kg. to: 220 km Orbit. at: 51.6 degrees. Payload: 38,500 kg. to a: lunar surface trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 3,600,000 kgf. Total Mass: 2,600,000 kg. Core Diameter: 17.0 m. Total Length: 190.0 m.

N1 Nuclear V Chronology

- 1963 May -


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