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A Russian Lunar Lander February 18, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I missed this from last year, a piece in Popular Mechanics detailing how Russian space scientists have begun to work ‘quietly’ (so different to their usual working loudly!) on a manned lunar lander. Form follows function and this two person lander looks very much like an update of an Apollo era lunar lander (though given the approach of the Russian space agencies more likely two man – the last woman cosmonaut was in 2014, the one prior to that went into space in 1995). There’s good reason design wise to use cylindrical landers (or globular or rectangular ones rather than the sleek streamlined arrow head shapes beloved of fiction) so that those piloting them have a view of the landscape ahead as they land rather than sitting on their backs and having to land using imagery from cameras.

And here’s some landers that never made it off the drawing boards. Got to say, some look so fragile as to be unusable.


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