Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

This interesting vehicle was designed in 1979 in a special design bureau of ZIL. Named ZIL-29061, it was created for the space industry to reach remote locations while looking for cosmonauts who landed from the orbit. The body of the vehicle was made from aluminium, its cabin – from fiberglass. Wheels were replaced by an auger-type chassis. The engines of the ZIL were borrowed from VAZ-2103 and had a power of 77hp.

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

Winter testing of the vehicle and testing on sand.

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

The vehicle had a 4-speed automatic gearbox, its length was 4.8 meters, height – 2.2 meters, width – 2.4 meters. It had two seats – for a driver and a doctor. In fact, this ZIL could go on any surface – swamp, snow, water with speed 12, 25, 13 km/h correspondigly. It could even travel on sand but with speed 0,5 km/h only.

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

Testing on water.

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

Fuel consumption – 36 litres an hour, two fuel tanks – 75 l. each. Lifting capacity – 400 kg, vehicle mass – 1875 kg. ZIL could climb slopes with steepness of 23 degrees. It could be used at -40C, the cabin was heated to the required temperature within an hour. They generally produced 20 vehicles like this, ZIL-29061 production lasted till 1983. Soviet engineers were full of creativity…

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

Cool Soviet Vehicle For the Space Industry

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