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Lunar Orbit OPS
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Lunar Orbit OPS

Lunar Orbit OPS
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Russian manned lunar orbiter. In Chelomei's 1968 draft project for the UR-700, he proposed that versions of the Almaz OPS be placed in lunar orbit to conduct detailed reconnaissance of the surface using manned assistance.

Status: Design 1968. Gross mass: 37,000 kg (81,000 lb). Height: 11.50 m (37.70 ft).

The OPS would also be used as a command post to co-ordinate the work of lunar surface operations and organize rescues in the case of emergencies on the surface. The UR-700 could place a station of 37,080 kg into lunar orbit - sufficient for a complete OPS, an LK-700 return spacecraft, and many metric tons of additional payload.

Crew Size: 2.



Family: Lunar Orbiters. Country: Russia. Launch Vehicles: UR-700. Agency: Chelomei bureau. Bibliography: 456.

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