Product Idea

Soyuz-U Rocket

Soyuz-U Launch Vehicle (LV) is an improved version of the original Soyuz LV. The Soyuz-U was introduced in 1973 and is still in use today. This rocket was used in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, in the Salyut Space Station Program and for the launch of Soyuz and Progress spacecraft to the International Space Station in recent years. The Soyuz-U has a height of 51 meters, a weight of 313,000 kilogram and two stages.

This Lego model of the Soyuz-U was built with 250 bricks, the two stages can be separated. It is also part of my Soyuz Spacecraft and Rocket project (https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88562), but I think it deserves a separated set because the rocket is beautiful and very complex. Also, probably the Soyuz-U was the inspiration for the famous Kerbal X of Kerbal Space Program, because both are very similar rockets, so the Soyuz U rocket could be a great addition to the collection of Kerbal Space fans.

This model is the perfect companion for my Lego Ideas Apollo-Soyuz Mission Project (https://ideas.lego.com/projects/89624) that includes a Soyuz 19 spacecraft and an Apollo CSM spacecraft with docking module at minifg scale, because the Soyuz-U rocket was the launch vehicle for the Soyuz 19 spacecraft.

The project also includes 2 minifigs of cosmonauts.

Total brick count 260 pcs.

Other related projects

If you like the Soyuz-U LV and the Apollo-Soyuz Mission Project, be sure to visit my other Lego Space Exploration Projects:

Sputnik 1957, the first artificial satellite. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/81706

Soyuz Spacecraft, a minifig scale model of the Soyuz 7K-OK (1967 variant),https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88562

Saturn V and Launch Facilities, https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88991

Apollo 11, an accurate reproduction of the CSM Apollo and lunar module Eagle.https://ideas.lego.com/projects/84718

Apollo 11 Rescue Mission. A set about the rescue ofthe astronauts and recovery of the Apollo 11 command module in the Pacific Ocean. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/86997

Apollo Soyuz Mission 1975 (microscale). The first joint US-Russia mission.https://ideas.lego.com/projects/81989

Voyager Mission 1979-2014. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/82995

Orion Exploration Flight Test 2014, https://ideas.lego.com/projects/87437

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Software used in this project:

Virtual model building:

Lego Digital Designer (LDD), http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/

Pictures rendering:  

LDD2POVRAY, http://ldd2povray.lddtools.com/
POVRAY, http://www.povray.org/

Custom decals design:

Inkscape, https://www.inkscape.org/en/