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N1-L3 The N1-L3 was a super-heavy launch vehicle developed by the Soviet Union in a bid to land cosmonauts on the Moon. From 1969-1972 four test launches were conducted, all of which ended in failure as a result of complications with the first stage, "Block A". Typically rocket stages are test fired on the ground but no such provisions were made for Block A. Program managers had opted to test the N1 wholly in-flight, a decision that was later described as one of the biggest mistakes in the program. Even years after the landing of Apollo 11, the N1 program had almost nothing to show but rocket debris and a destroyed launchpad and so the program was cancelled in 1976. This is a model of the N1F version, otherwise known as the definitive version of the rocket. Had the program not been cancelled this is the version that would have carried cosmonauts to the Moon. Previous N1 test rockets were only capable of carrying 70 tons to LEO, limiting its payload to lunar-flybys. The N1F however would feature upgraded engines and aerodynamic coverings, as well as super-cooled fuel to boost its lift capacity beyond 90 tons to LEO. The fifth test flight, N1 no. 8L, was to use this configuration but it never flew due to the program's cancellation. As for my replica version, she's built at 75% scale and sits at over 1500 parts. The game lags quite a bit when it loads onto the launchpad but it's manageable. It does feel like the game is playing in slow-motion for the first 3 stages, though. Despite its complexity it handles well and has good flight characteristics overall. Under normal flight circumstances it will fly straight and can be steered away from the prograde vector without flipping. Though I should mention it may flip if you steer too hard in the low atmosphere, sub 10,000m. If you find yourself in a situation like this the craft also features a functional SAS (launch escape) system to keep your kerbals safe. Above is a video I made that runs through the full mission from launch to landing. Alternatively, check out the flight profile album below for details. Flight Profile Download N1F-L3: 1547 parts https://kerbalx.com/tehmattguy/N1-L3 Controls 1: Stage 1 Core 6 Engine Shutdown (optional) 4: LK & LOK RCS toggle (off by default) 5: LK Lunar Ascent Prep. (press before lunar ascent) 6: Descent Module RCS Toggle (off by default) 9: LK Abort to Orbit 0: Detach Descent Module from SAS (press after abort) Backspace: Activate SAS (abort) Tips Put your two Kerbals in the last two seats in the crew menu. This'll put them in the Soyuz module rather than the lander. As for the crew itself I'd recommend bringing two pilots to allow the use of maneuver nodes without using the probe cores. Do not steer the rocket too hard sub 10,000m. Try to keep yourself aligned within a few degrees of the prograde vector at this phase. To perform "hot-staging", activate the next stage before the current one is out of fuel. Press spacebar when the D/v indicator is at 100m/s or so. The first 3 stages have an excess of D/v so i'd recommend dumping the third stage if you're only going for low orbit. Press 5 before lunar ascent to shutdown the main engine and disconnect the umbilical arm between the ascent and landing modules. Doing this lets you throttle up before staging and provides a clean separation sequence.
The Saturn L1-N3V is a rocket that is a combination of a Saturn V and N1-L3 (hence the name). It's the first of what I call, "Combined Rockets", where I take parts of one rocket and combine them with parts of another rocket. The Saturn N1-L3V was created when someone thought: I wonder what would happen if i combined a Saturn V and N1?. This rocket consists of a Saturn V first stage, N1 Block B second stage, S-IVB third stage, a Blok D lander and munar orbit insertion stage, and a Apollo CSM and LK Lander. Images of the rocket in action are below: Saturn N1-L3V on the launchpad Liftoff with the S-IC Saturn V first stage Separation of Stage 1 and 2 N1 Block B second stage ignition Separation of Stage 2 and 3, revealing the payload TMI w/S-IVB third stage S-IVB separation, with Blok D, LK Lander, and Apollo CSM visible Blok D placing the spacecraft into Low Munar Orbit Kerbal doing an EVA to the LK Lander LK Lander undocked from CSM Blok D preforming De-Orbit burn LK Lander about to touchdown Kerbal on EVA next to a flag after successful LK Landing (ignore the Blok D engine firing nearby) Liftoff from the mun w/the LK LK ascending from the munar surface LK nearing the CSM spacecraft LK and CSM docked Discarding the LK Lander TKI burn with the SPS engine Approaching Kerbin Command Module separation from Service Module Re-entry Parachutes deployed Touchdown on Kerbin Craft Stats: mass: 458.49t, cost: 180,600, parts: 182, crew: 3 (Apollo Command Module), 1 (LK Lander) Downloads: KerbalX Steam Workshop Enjoy using this interesting craft, and if you decide to use it in a video, I would like to be credited. But anyways, enjoy using it, and I plan on making more rockets like this soon!
In KSP I got this mod that adds Soviet Rockets and Spacecraft like the Soyuz and Vostok. While playing around with this mod, i decided to launch a N1 Rocket with a crew of 3 with A Soyuz LOK and LK Lander to the Mun. This is my challenge that i came up with: Launch a N1 Rocket with a crew of 3 and a Soyuz LOK and LK Lander to the mun, successfully land on the mun, and successfully splashdown back on Kerbin. As i do this alternate history mission challenge (because in real life the N1 failed), i will post images of different stages in the mission. If you attempting this too, post your images in the comments below!!! The N1 sitting on the launchpad shortly before launch: On July 4, 1969 N1-L3 Launches with a manned crew and Soyuz LOK and LK Munar Lander. The N1's first stage, Block A, has a thrust of 45,400 kN (10,200,000 lbf) and burns for 125 seconds, there are 30 engines in Block A. After 2 minutes and 5 seconds, the first stage shuts off and the second stage engines ignite. The N1's second stage, Block B, has 8 engines, a thrust of 14,040 kN (3,160,000 lbf) and burns for 120 seconds. After reaching over 35,000 meters, Block B begins the gravity turn for the N1. After 2 minutes, Block B's engines shut off. The N1's third stage, Block V, Ignites its Engines and the fairings separate, revealing the payload. Block V will put the rest of the rocket in orbit, including the trans-lunar stage. The N1's third stage, Block V, has 4 engines, a thrust of 1,610 kN (360,000 lbf) and burns for 370 seconds, putting the payload into Low Earth Orbit. You can clearly see the Soyuz LOK, LK lander, and the Block G trans-lunar stage. After entering orbit, Block V is jettisoned and the first views from inside the Soyuz LOK are transmitted to Soviet Mission Control.
THE SOVIET N1 LUNAR LANDER AND LK LUNAR MODULE 1762 parts 1,400 tons 30,000kN thrust (first stage) https://kerbalx.com/He_162/N1-L3-Soviet-Lunar-Lander https://imgur.com/a/k16JP (Quick pics below, and a spoiler with almost the full album, for all pictures, refer to link above, or KerbalX page) Changelog: After release I made a second modification due to a few comments, they are: -Modified first stage to remove a large amount of drag. -Added RCS to the orbital module. -Fairings are now clamshell instead of confetti.