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1995 joint Energia-Rockwell-Khrunichev design for space station Alpha lifeboat based on the Zarya reentry vehicle with a solid retrofire motor, cold gas thruster package. Five years on-orbit storage. Design rejected in June 1996 in favor of use of a modified Soyuz TMA in short term, US X-38 in long term. Mass per crew 1560 kg.
Craft.Crew Size: 8. Design Life: 1 days. Orbital Storage: 1,825.00 days. Total Length: 7.2 m. Maximum Diameter: 3.7 m. Total Mass: 12,500 kg. Total Payload: 3,000 kg. Main Engine Propellants: Solid. Electrical System: Batteries.
The Alpha lifeboat was based on the Zarya reentry vehicle with a solid retrofire motor and cold gas thruster package. The design was rejected in favor of use of modified Soyuz TM in short term, US X-38 in long term.