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Family: N. Country: Russia. Status: Cancelled 1959.

The ancestor of the N1 lunar launch vehicle, this was the first heavy lift launch vehicle actively considered in the USSR. The 2,000 tonne liftoff mass was similar to the later N1 design, but the first stage would use a staggering cluster of around 66 Kuznetsov NK-9 engines (as opposed to the modest 24 NK-15's of the first N1 configuration). The real difference was in the second stage, which used the nuclear YaRD engine, giving the launch vehicle nearly double the later N1's payload capacity.


LEO Payload: 150,000 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. Liftoff Thrust: 2,989,160 kgf. Total Mass: 2,030,000 kg. Core Diameter: 9.0 m. Total Length: 64.0 m.



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