The first stage of the Kliper project envisages putting an 11-ton spacecraft into a 200-km orbit on the Soyuz-2-3 under the Russian Federal Space Program. With the second stage, the rocket's capacity would be upped to 13 tons, to launch the Kliper spaceplane, with a possible further increase to over 16 tons after engine modernization, according to RIA Novosti.
In this landing module, cosmonauts Gennadi Manakov and Gennadi Strekalov returned to Earth in December 1990 after a four-month stay on space station Mir. With them was Japanese journalist Toyohiro Akiyama, who had arrived with the new Mir crew on Soyuz TM-11.
The spacecraft is heavily charred from the heat of reentry. Returning cosmonauts customarily autograph their spacecraft after a successful recovery. Their chalk signatures and thank-you's are still visible. Interior control panels and the cosmonauts' seats can be seen through the portholes.