Cargo spacecraft

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A collage of automated cargo spacecraft used in the past or present to resupply the International Space Station

Cargo spacecraft are robotic spacecraft that are designed to support space stations operation by transporting food, propellant and other supplies. This is different from space probes, whose missions are to conduct scientific investigations.

Automated cargo spacecraft have been used since 1978 and have serviced Salyut 6, Salyut 7, Mir, the International Space Station and Tiangong space laboratory.


Current spacecraft[edit]

Defunct or retired projects[edit]

Spacecraft in development[edit]

Unmanned resupply spacecraft comparison.png

Canceled projects[edit]

  • The American private-sector Kistler K-1 from Rocketplane Kistler saw its contract with NASA terminated in October 2007 when the company failed to meet objectives. The contract was re-awarded to Orbital Sciences Corporation.[10][11]

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