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Contributed by Jason Lenentine
This rocket was based on plans for a paper Proton launch vehicle and were available at the Classic Paper Space Models website. Unfortunately, it appears this particular website no longer exists and the plans are unavailable. I was generously provided the plans by dtomko of The Rocketry Forum. In my opinion, rocket manufacturers have overlooked Russian launch vehicles and I thought a conversion of a Proton to a flying model would be a fun challenge.
Manufactured by the Khrunichev Design Bureau, the Proton is a workhorse for the Russian space program. It was originally designed as an ICBM in the 1960's but was never deployed for that use. It continues to fly today lofting payloads for both Russian and international customers. Some famous payloads flown by Proton vehicles include the Zond probes to the moon, the Salyut series of space stations, Mir modules, and pieces of the International Space Station (ISS). The plans depict the vehicle that carried the Zvesda module to the ISS in July 2000.
For more information regarding the Proton rocket, see the International Launch Services (ILS) website for the commercial marketer of the vehicle.
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