Automated cargo spacecraft
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Automated cargo spacecraft are robotic spacecraft that are designed to support space station operation by transporting food, propellant and other supplies. This is different from space probes, whose missions are to conduct scientific investigations.
- the Russian Progress spacecraft—developed by Russian Federal Space Agency
- the European Automated Transfer Vehicle—developed by the European Space Agency
- the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle—developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
- the US-American Dragon spacecraft—developed under contract from NASA by SpaceX, a private-sector company
- the US-American Cygnus spacecraft—developed under contract from NASA by Orbital Sciences Corporation, a private-sector company
- the Soviet optionally-manned TKS spacecraft
Spacecraft in development
- a Chinese cargo craft based on Tiangong-1 that will have a maximum diameter of 3.35 meters and a launch weight less than 13 tons.
- 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.
- Gunter's Space Page: Progress-M 1M - 10M (11F615A60, 7KTGM).
- ESA Automatic Transfer Vehicle
- Thales Alenia Space ATV & ISS Modules
- "NASA Sets Briefing, TV Coverage of Japan's First Cargo Spacecraft". NASA. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "F9/Dragon Will Replace the Cargo Transport Function of the Space Shuttle after 2010". SpaceX. 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
- "Canadarm2 Captures Cygnus".
- "The end of 2010 China will launch the "Temple" target spacecraft" (in Chinese). Xinhua. 2009-03-08. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
- Space.com - Rocketplane Kistler Appeals NASA Decision to Terminate COTS Agreement (22 October 2007)
- Orbital Wins $171 Million Space Station Re-Supply Demo Deal (19 February 2008)