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Alpha Lifeboat
Part of Zarya Family
Alpha Lifeboat
Alpha Lifeboat
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Russian manned rescue spacecraft. Study 1995. 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.

Status: Study 1995. Payload: 3,000 kg (6,600 lb). Gross mass: 12,500 kg (27,500 lb). Height: 7.20 m (23.60 ft).

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.

Crew Size: 8. Orbital Storage: 1,825 days.



Family: Space station orbit. Country: Russia. Launch Vehicles: Space Shuttle. Propellants: Solid. Agency: Korolev bureau, Chelomei bureau, North American. Bibliography: 89.

1996 June - .
  • Soyuz TMA, X-38 selected as ISS lifeboat over Alpha Lifeboat - . Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Spacecraft: Alpha Lifeboat, ISS, Soyuz TMA, X-38. 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..


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