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L5 -1963
L5 -1963 - 1963 L5 manned lunar rover. Drawing based on model at Tsniimash museum.

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Class: Manned. Type: Lunar rover. Nation: Russia. Manufacturer: Korolev.

The L-5 Heavy Lunar Self-Propelled Craft would be used for extended manned reconnaissance of the lunar surface. It was described in a 23 September 1963 letter setting out the space exploration plan for 1965 to 1975. With a maximum speed of 20 km/hour, it would provide living accommodation for three cosmonauts and 3,500 kg of provisions. The crews themselves would be landed on the moon using the L-3 complex.

The L-5 consisted of:


Total Mass: 5,500 kg. Total Payload: 4,000 kg.

L5-1963 Chronology

23 September 1963 Korolev letter sets out a space exploration plan for 1965 to 1975.

The plan included a series of lunar exploration vehicles: the L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5.


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