Would it have been possible to launch the Zond with the orbital module attaches (partial compensation: launch escape system) and once crew transfer had been accomplished jettison it before trans lunar injection?This is speculation, of course.
If an orbital module is too heavy, how about a Voskhod-type inflatable airlock?Again, I'm just playing the game.
Mark Wade speculates on this: L1: The Podsadka Problem, but I've also heard people call this nonsense, so your mileage may vary.
That might work if it can be launched attached to the L-1: remember that the only attachment point will be the top hatch on the descent module - would it fit inside the inverted cone atop the DM?
But remember Leonov's problems getting back inside Voskhod 2? The L-1 crew would have the same problem.
Quote from: Phillip Clark on 03/17/2017 10:40 AM But remember Leonov's problems getting back inside Voskhod 2? The L-1 crew would have the same problem.I don't think the problems with the Voskhod airlock were endemic to inflatable airlocks in general, just that particular rushed design.
Zond had a hatch in place of one of the Soyuz parachutes, and an additional cone section on top that was dropped before flight to the Moon, so I suppose those were the seeds of the idea?http://www.gctc.ru/print.php?id=232
The RKK Energia 1946-1996 history (published in 1996)
QuoteThe RKK Energia 1946-1996 history (published in 1996) Was the document ever translated in English ? where could I buy it ?
Is it the case that the "inverted cone" on the front of L1 was a duplicate of the bottom of the orbital module, so that the interface with the escape tower would be duplicated? Was this inverted cone jettisoned before lunar departure?