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NEP: CapCosmos


Selena Program
The Captiotian Aerospace Program (CapCosmos) has unveiled the base design for its upcoming exploration vehicle designed to carry 5 cosmonauts to and from the surface of Earth's moon as part of its Selena (Systemic Exploration of Lunar ENvironment Applications) Program. The vehicle features four main modules which will attach and separate and various points during the mission.
The Command Module is where the crew control the functions of the spacecraft and is the only part of the Selena vehicle to return to Earth. The Service Module contains propulsion, power, and auxiliary computer systems. The Command/Service Modules will launch with crew atop a Sigma 4 reusable rocket booster.
The Descent and Ascent Modules are collectively the lander. The Descent Module will power the entire landing sequence and serve as a platform upon which to attach science cargo. Upon departure from the moon's surface, the Ascent Module will detach from the Descent Module and fire 6 small engines to return to orbit and rendezvous with the Command/Service Module, which will return crew back to Earth. The Descent/Ascent Modules will launch atop a Sigma 4 Heavy reusable rocket booster.

The Service and Command Modules above the combined Descent/Ascent (lander) Modules.

CREWED SPACECRAFT / CARGO FERRIES



Sagittarius
1976-1981
capacity: 3
First orbital crew vehicle.
comparison: Voskhod


Sigma
1981-2008
capacity: 3
Research vehicle, then station ferry.
comparison: Shenzhou


Sojourner
1986-1996
capacity: 3
Orbiting laboratory with return capsule.
comparison: TKS


Courier
1991-2012
capacity: 0
Uncrewed cargo ferry.
comparison: Cygnus


Community
1992-2005
capacity: 6
Space station adapted from Sojourner.
comparison: Mir


Sigma M
2001-
capacity: 3
Space station ferry with larger orbital/cargo module.
comparison: CSTS


Archipelago
2005-
Modern regional space station.
capacity: 9
comparison: ISS


Courier New
2008-2025?
Upgraded cargo ferry.
capacity: 0
comparison: HTV


Republic
2018-
capacity: 5 (crew), 0 (cargo)
Next-generation ferry for crew or cargo.
comparison: Dragon 2

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