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Offline Phillip Clark

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Molniya launch vehicle variant
« on: 04/04/2014 11:59 PM »
The attached photo is often published in Russian books depicting the Molniya launch vehicle.   However to my eye the Blok I/Blok L/payload shroud assembly has always appeared to be far longer than we see on other Molniya photos, cutaways, etc.

Can anyone identify the specific mission or explain the unusual length?
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Re: Molniya launch vehicle variant
« Reply #1 on: 04/17/2014 03:59 PM »
I have seen this photo labled as the launch vehicle for "Mars 1". I was not able to veryfy, if this is correct. The position on the bulge on the side gives a hint, that it might indeed this mission (or the ill failed sister probe) -  see attached a sketch with several versions of the Molniya fairing.

Apparently the probes of the 2MV/3MV series used a very long fairing.
« Last Edit: 04/17/2014 04:02 PM by Skyrocket »