A giant N-1 rocket sits on the pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, circa 1969


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N-1 Assembly

First Stage

Second Stage

Third Stage

Integration & Rollout


N-1 Main Engine



 Detailed Diagrams


*N-1 Launch Vehicle Characteristics
Block A
First Stage
Block B
Second Stage
Block V
Third Stage
Stage Specifications . . .
Lower diameter (meters/feet) 16.8/55.1 10.3/33.7 7.6/24.9
Upper diameter (meters/feet) 11/36 7.6/24.9
6.0/19.6
Height (meters/feet)
30/98.4
20.5/67.2
11.5/37.7
Total stage mass (metric tons/tons)
1870/2060.7
540/595
185/203.8
Fuel tank diameter (meters/feet)
10.5/34.4
7.0/23
4.9/16
Oxidizer tank diameter (meters/feet)
12.8/42
8.5/27.8
5.9/19.3
Number of main engines
30
8
4
Total thrust (metric tons/tons)
4620/5091
1432/1578
164/180.7
Nominal burn time (seconds)
110
130
400
Number of roll control engines
4
3
4
Roll control engine thrust (metric tons/tons)
7/7.7
6/6.6
2/2.2
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Main Engine Specifications . . .
Engine designation (Type/Name)
NK-33
NK-43
NK-39
Fuel
Kerosene
Kerosene
Kerosene
Oxidizer
Liquid Oxygen
Liquid Oxygen
Liquid Oxygen
Thrust (metric tons/tons)
154/169.7
179/197.2
41/45.1
Specific Impulse (seconds)
331
348
353

 

*N-1 Flight History
Date
Vehicle #
Payload
Mission Results
21 Feb 69
N-1 3L
L-1S/LK mockup
First stage malfunction at T+70 sec, vehicle destroyed
3 July 69
N-1 5L
L-1S/LK mockup
First stage malfunction before vehicle cleared the launch tower.  Vehicle and tower both destroyed
27 June 71
N-1 6L
none
First stage malfunction, vehicle destroyed at T+51 sec
23 Nov 72
N-1 7L
LOK/LK mockup
First stage malfunction, vehicle destroyed at T+107 sec
* Information for both tables taken from the book The Soviet Reach for the Moon by Nicholas L. Johnson.  If anyone has better information than this, please e-mail me and let me know and I will correct it ASAP.  Thanks!
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