The LK-3 Lunar Lander (Лунный корабль or "Lunniy Korabl") was built to compete with the Apollo Lunar Module. The present model was manufactured by the Lavochkine Research and Production Company—the manufacturer of actual LK. The LK-3 was Vladimir Chelomei's preliminary design for a direct-landing alternative to Sergei Korolev's L3 manned lunar landing design.
The LK-3 was intended to be launched using the N-1 rocket. After the U.S. Apollo 11 mission succeeded, and a series of N1 test launches failed, the program was eventually cancelled in May 1974. Several unmanned LK lunar landers were, however, flown in Earth's orbit.
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