[FPSPACE] LOK Descent Module

David R. Woods drwoods at stny.rr.com
Thu Sep 18 22:28:49 EDT 2014


Folks,

Check out the following web site.
http://rsc-etestpilot.blogspot.ru/2014/08/blog-post.html 
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It appears to be inside the Energia Training Museum, which is different 
from the other Energia museum that features, among other artifacts, 
Gagarin's Vostok capsule.. In this web site there is a picture of a 
newly added Descent Module/Instrument Module stack next to the LK manned 
lunar lander. 
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2l03fHDMBFI/U-kSXxTIRHI/AAAAAAAADpg/yD86jphq9TY/s1600/IMG_2682.jpg. 
That combination has a blue cone on top of the Descent Module that 
resembles a Zond spacecraft.  The Instrument Module has a thermal 
radiator, like a Soyuz or a Zond.

The manned LOK lunar orbiter did not have that cone on top nor this type 
of radiator on the sides, so one might conclude that it is a Zond 
Descent Module.  The ninth picture down appears to be a view into the 
Descent Module 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BkaY-IU1x4E/U-kVxG5ixOI/AAAAAAAADqo/uLpzwCwlF2w/s1600/IMG_2619.jpg. 
The two instrument panels that can be seen are definitely LOK and not 
Soyuz nor Zond panels.  So it appears that this is a mix-and-match 
combination of modules like we have seen elsewhere.

In the Roscosmos TV documentary 
http:/tvroscosmos.ru/frm/vestidata/2011/vesti30_07_11_2.php at the 1:38 
minute/sec mark there is a row of Descent Modules in that museum, lined 
up against the wall.  If you look at the closest one of these you will 
see that the instrument panels visible through the hatch are not that of 
a Soyuz nor a Zond, so it too may be LOK related.

Therefore, in addition to the LK there appear to be LOK components as 
well on display.  It appears from the interior picture that, like the 
LK, this may be a simplified, stripped down version without all of the 
normal associated hardware.  Nevertheless, it would certainly be 
interesting to pay a visit to the museum for a closer examination of 
these and any new artifacts that may have been added recently <hint, 
hint for anyone who might have an opportunity to do so>.

Dave
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