I’m preparing for the second edition of the book N1 for the Moon and Mars, and I’m currently working on the OKB-1 proposal for a nuclear crewed Mars mission. This was a very unusual design. It would have been launched by 2 N1-M rockets, and weighed about 150 tonnes It was 175 metres long, but the bulk of the length was the three sections that worked as heat radiators. These were hollow, slid inside each other, and were VERY light. The asymmetrical “shield” at the front is the aero shell of the landing module, which would carry a 3 part, 6 wheeled Mars “train”. 4 Crew, who would be boarded after it was past the radiation belts, on a modified LOK lunar Soyuz. 1885 planned launch It was cancelled along with the N1 program in 1974

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I studied astronomy at University College London, but failed to get my degree. For many years pre-internet, I ran the bulletin board "Starbase 1", which is why you will frequently see me referring to myself as that! I was on the board of the IAAA. I operate exclusively in digital formats using many different software packages. Most often Lightwave 3d, Vue, Gaea, and Affinity Photo. I also enjoy oddball graphics packages like Xenodream, Amberlight, and others.

I'm particularly interested in the early Soviet space program, and I have served as a consultant on that subject.

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