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Merkur docked to Cytherean Station One over Venus

The Merkur is a craft from the World of 2001. It is a Soviet equivalent of the Polaris 1-XE(2001), an experimental craft for testing the propulsion system of a larger ship (Leonov).

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

Space stations: Cytherean Station One | Space Station III | Space Station IV | Space Station V

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