by Shamash_d
uploaded 2016-10-07
(updated 2016-10-10)
stock ship
#N1 #L3 #Soviet #Mun #Soyuz


A stock rocket called N1-L3. Built with 332 of the finest parts, its root part is stackDecouplerMini.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.2.0.

A rocket built in the likeness of the Soviet N1-L3 manned moon mission architecture, and now verified as fully functional (some recent patch seems to have fixed the crashing issue which was preventing me from launching a full mission), complete with full three stage N1 heavy launch vehicle (OK, not really heavy, it can manage like 25-30 tonnes to LKO, but still), Blok G lunar injection stage, and Blok D stage for mid-course correction, lunar insertion, and LK initial descent. The Blok D is overbuilt and well capable of landing on it’s own with the LK lander assuming an equatorial and efficient Mun interception and capture, but, for the sake of the mission, is best decoupled prior to the landing so it can act as the crasher stage it is intended as. N1 is configured for hot staging by default.
The Soyuz is not very representative the 7K-LOK (which was the Soyuz variant designed for the moon missions and had a longer service stage, no solar panels, and a fuel cell as well as a modified orbital module with cupola for docking operations) and, inaccurately to the vehicle it sits on, much more closely reflects the design of a more modern Soyuz. The LK lander features a pair of solid retro motors on the landing structure, which are reflected in the actual design, though are designed to fire on touch down to secure the lander to the lunar surface and prevent bouncing. The retros as they are hooked up in my design are there to ensure the landing structure remains on the surface as the lander/ ascent vehicle departs. Also, the escape system sometimes explodes after jettisoning due to over-g. The rocket tends to be of generally poor aerodynamic drag efficiency, more-so with 1.2’s increased penalty to blunt faces (more aerodynamic than the Saturn though).
The Soyuz and LK lander lack appropriate hard points for additional scientific instrumentation like the Apollo Saturn V’s Service Module and LEM does. This is to be compensated by the Lunokhod rovers, two of which which are to be launched in advance to the manned mission to the landing site, and an LK-R vehicle. The supplementary vehicles described are not included here.


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 332
  • Pure Stock

This craft was built during the pre-release phase of KSP more info
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