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The unknown nuclear leviathan of the Moon Race

Published: Sept. 21

 

The largest design in the Soviet effort to beat America to the Moon turned out to be also the most elusive for historians. Only during the celebration of the 100th birthday of its creator Vladimir Chelomei this year, did detailed information on the incredible UR-700 Version "A" design finally emerge.

During the 1960s, the prolific Soviet space designer Vladimir Chelomei led the development of the giant UR-700 rocket. It was conceived as a modular alternative to the "single-body" N1 booster, which was favored by the Soviet leadership for the politically urgent goal of landing a man on the Moon ahead of the US. However the N1 project masterminded by Sergei Korolev at the end of the 1950s, ran into numerous technical problems, not last of which, was the need to build the giant vehicle at the remote launch site in Baikonur in the midst of the Kazakh steppe and to develop a complex multi-engine propulsion system.

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LATEST NEWS, UPDATES

 

Sept. 10: Soyuz TMA-12M lands successfully

Sept. 10: Bulava flies test mission

Sept. 9: Russian spysat lands on two continents?

 

 

Sept. 8: Russia's newest space city

Sept. 3: Putin visits Vostochny launch site

Sept. 2: Russia subsitutes manned missions from Vostochny with Oka-T

 

MANNED SPACE FLIGHT

 

Russia launches new cargo ship to ISS

Russian firm presses ahead with inflatable module

Soyuz rocket developer to build Russia's ISS module

 

Russia delivers fresh crew to ISS

Problems with next Russian ISS module go from bad to worse

NASA limits cooperation with Russia

 

MILITARY SPACE

 

Second Persona comes back to life, joins info war over MH17

Russian "ghost" satellite continues mysterious orbital maneuvers

Egyptsat-2 to begin operational mission

 

 

Soyuz launches GLONASS-55 satellite

Rockot launches Rodnik trio

Soyuz launches milsat

 

COMMERCIAL AND APPLICATION SPACE

 

Ukraine's Lybid to be ready for launch by year end

Failure scenarion emerges in Galileo launch

Russia plans new Ellipse comsat constellation

 

Meteor-M2 delivers its first image

Soyuz to launch Sentinel-1B

Soyuz successfully launches four O3b birds

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Foton-M4 lands, geckos lost

Russia might add another orbiter to its fleet of lunar probes

Russia initiates work on solar sail

 

 

India ends cooperation with Russia on lunar landing

First Vozvrat capsule to fly in 2021

Spektr-UF to wait until 2020 as the earliest

ROCKETRY

 

Roskosmos proposes to scale down Angara facilities

Proton to return to flight on Sept. 28

NK-33 fires in preparation for Soyuz-2-1v mission

 

 

Concrete structure of Soyuz pad nears completion

Energia's super-engine might get a second life

New Angara engine is under development

 

HISTORY

 

Space program's biggest explosion: N1-5L

Chelomei at 100: LK project

Ramjet rocket turns 75

 

 

Enduring mystery of the Zond project

A rare look inside Crimean mission control center

Russia takes over Ukrainian space facility in Crimea

 

 

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