21 Secret Department of the Moscow Aviation Institute

Secret Department of the Moscow Aviation Institute

Posted on September 30, 2010 by team

Some guys managed to take these shots in a secret department laboratory of the Moscow Aviation Institute. Touch the history of the Russian astronautics and missilery!

APDA – Androgynous peripheral docking assembly. A docking mechanism used at the International Space Station.

Pin of the docking mechanism “Igla”

First docking of two manual crafts: Soyuz-4 and Soyuz-5 

“Igla” operation showing stand

Some engine


Lander fragment

Space vehicle inside

The main hall: Soviet lunar craft to the left and two satellites

Lunar craft

Landing “leg” of a lunar craft


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21 Responses to “Secret Department of the Moscow Aviation Institute”

  1. Spooker says:

    Amazing pics

    What a beautiful display the girls only enhance the view


  2. Jim-Bob says:

    The USSR never landed a Cosmonaut on the moon. They did however land the first remote rover in Earth’s history on the moon: Lunochod I. It was done shortly after the US landed Astronauts on the moon. I was a bit surprised not to see one of the remaining Lunochods on display.

  3. russia_bound says:

    Very Very cool set of pictures. I would love to see this museum in person. Awesome relics of old landing modules and engines. Thanks for the upload…

  4. Boris Badenov says:

    These are really cool shots. However, that lunar lander looks like a boiler, meaning, it is heavily built. The Lunar Module (the one that actually landed six times on the surface of the moon) was paper thin aluminum construction. So thin an astronaut could have put his foot through it. So, how were the Russians planing on getting this heavy tub, on and off the moon?

    • Lindem says:

      By making it weight a bit more than a third of that paper-thin Lunar Module:

      Lunniy Korabl mass before lunar landing: 5,560kg
      Lunar Module mass before lunar landing: 14,696kg

      Then again, it was a third of the size and was meant to carry only one cosmonaut.

    • PKS says:

      > The Lunar Module (the one that actually landed six times on the surface of the moon) was paper thin aluminum construction.

      That “actually landed”, sure. Landed so actually that NASA does not even had any real lunar soil.

  5. Gosha says:

    I have upset you, it’s not a secret department, and all-just one of six faculty chairs=))

  6. Testicules says:

    I wonder what is going on in the spaces capsules when no one is looking

  7. George Johnson says:

    I think they meant that’s the hatch a cosmonaut WOULD have come out of, had the actually landed on the moon.

    Lead weights? BIG, HEAVY ass lander…. man, you guys need to lighten up!

    Really, I think you can make it more roomier, or comfortable, if you lose some of that weight and make it lighter.

  8. George Johnson says:

    But nice interesting photos. Cute girls too! Always nice!

  9. SovMarxist1924 says:

    The Venera probes were a great Soviet accomplishment. Soviet science!

  10. Adolfo Camara says:

    My favorite post from English Russia so far!

    I never imagined they did build the lunar lander (or a prototype anyway)

    Hoping for more pictures!

  11. Tra-ta-ta says:

    Moon robotic machine was named Lunohod or Lunokhod. Check wikipedia. It was a successful mission and the machine took a semple of moon soil. It also made the photos and video shooting on the moon surface, it estimated the chances to find soma soil gases in the Moon soil, which led to discovery of Iridium and Helium isotopes in the moon soil.

  12. Mr T says:

    Noww, which one of the Saturns are you talking about? There were 15 of them constructed. from AS-501 to AS-516. Apollo 8 was carried by AS-503, Apollo 11 was carried by AS-506. Only “failed” launch was AS-502 or Apollo 6. It was a test flight where 2 of the 5 Second stage engines failed, but the mighty Saturn did reach orbit. The only part of the Saturn that ever blew up was a third stage, the S-IV-B. It was a test of the stage, and a hydrogen disk blow in pieces, resulting the destruction of the whole stage.

    However out of all 4 N-1 launces…. all of them failed after liftoff. The most successful was the second N-1 Launch, which flew for 113 seconds. The last N-1 Blew off just 10 meters from the ground. It was the biggest rocket explosion ever, and the magnitude of a 5kT nuke. The pad was destroyed. And after that, the N-1 was cancelled. The concept of it worked, but the program was underfunded and they didnt have time for more R&D and testing. Russians were never close to the moon.

  13. Ugly American says:

    So much potential for civilization but the resources on both sides were squandered on the cold war instead.

  14. Bob says:

    In the picture captioned “inside the lander”, are those blood stains all over the wall?

  15. javox says:

    i really like thouse pic, i think they have excelente scientifics in russia, and people dont forget one thing, the person who managed the space proyect of USA was a scientifcs from germany, the same one that built the rocket V1 and V2

  16. Blipperty says:

    “missilery” Hilarious!

  17. Robert says:

    I Was here in 1991 on a study tour with students from Delft, the Netherlands. This is actually a study collection of space structures for the Aerospace students of the MAI. The Lunar Lander model was already there, as well as stages of Vostok and Proton rocket. I Also have a series of photos of this, if anyone is interested, contact me at [email protected]

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