This was the Project of 1964-1968 years.

The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) was built but it did not fly.

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Andrey Kaftanov

In autumn 1964 Galina Balashova was hired in the design department as an engineer. The Spaceship for the flights to the  Moon – Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) have been designed in this department. Galina Balasova has begun to design The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) in this department.

She has invented the new form of  The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS). It was the expanding in the bottom part sphere. Stringers and frames and the configuration of The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) interior were also developed by Galina Balashova. Then she coordinated the project design with the partner companies.

As the result it was one of the most interesting and aesthetically verified projects. Galina Balashova offered the “nonoriented” free composition without usual “floor” and “ceiling”. The free space is maximally differentiated. All devices are hidden in two symmetrically located on the sides closed streamlined shaped spaces. The project of The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) is one of outstanding works of architecture of the 1960s.

By the end of 1968 the construction of The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) is actually completed. But after the USA’s successful flight in 1969 to the Moon the Moon Program was closed in USSR. During next years Galina Balashova walked by the lying on the territory of the plant spaceship’s body.

The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) orbital compartment  preliminary sketches

Отсек сферической формы
The spherical shaped orbital compartment

Отсек в корпусе с вертикальной вставкой
The orbital compartment in the body with a vertical insertion

Эскизный проект орбитального отсека ЛОКа. Левый борт. Конец 1960-х годов.
The sketch of The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) orbital compartment. The left side. The end of the 1960s.
Эскизный проект орбитального отсека ЛОКа. Правый борт. Конец 1960-х годов.
The sketch of The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) orbital compartment. The right side. The end of the 1960s.
Окончательный проект компоновки интерьеров Орбитального отсека ЛОКа, 1969 г.
The final interior composition project of The Moon Orbital Spaceship (MOS) orbital compartment, 1969.