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jdcupp
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posted 10-15-2009 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jdcupp   Click Here to Email jdcupp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has the Proton booster ever been rated for human flight? I realize it's never been used for this purpose, but I just wonder if it has ever been considered?

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posted 10-15-2009 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Proton was originally envisioned by Vladimir Chelomei to launch two-man Zond spacecraft for a lunar orbit mission.

I believe that Space Adventures' private lunar fly-by mission looked at reviving this idea but ultimately decided on launching the crew on a Soyuz and having them rendezvous with an Earth-departure stage launched on an unmanned Proton.

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posted 10-15-2009 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, I think part of the problem with the Proton is that its extremely toxic propellants would be a nightmare for any escaping crew in a launchpad emergency...

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