The Merkur was a testbed for the first Sakharov drive unit, flying to Venus and back in record time. As with its equivalent, the Polaris, the ship and fuel tanks are too small for practical use as an inner-system transport. Only one example of this ship exists.
After finishing its record trip Merkur was hired as a super-efficient space tug, used to eject Mars cargo boxes.
|The World of 2001|
Spacecraft: Aquarius | Aquarius Id | Aries | Bondarenko | Centaur-O | Draco | Gagarin | Herculis | Komarov | Komarov-bis | Merkur | Moonbus | Orion | Patsayev | Polaris 1-XE | Rocketbus | Skorpion | Taurus | Titov V | Titov G
Surface bases: Aberporth | Baikonur | Brest | Canberra | Cape Canaveral | Clavius Base | Cuxhaven | Hainan | Kadena AB | Korolevgrad | Lunar Observatory | Moscow | Phobos Base | Port Lowell | Prime Base | Serenitatis Base | Tchalinko | Tranquility Museum | Tycho | Washington