Comparison of space station cargo vehicles

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A number of different spacecraft have been used to carry cargo to and from space stations.

Legend for below table:   [under development] — [retired,canceled] — [operational,inactive]

Spacecraft Origin Manufacturer Launch system Length (m) Dry mass (kg) Launch mass (kg) Payload (kg) Payload volume (m³) Return payload (kg) Diameter (m) Generated power (W) Status
Progress 7K-TG  Soviet Union Energia Soyuz-U None Retired
TKS  Soviet Union Proton-K Retired
Progress-M
11F615A55
 Soviet Union
 Russia
Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-U2
7.2 7,130 2,600 7.6 150 with optional Raduga capsule 2.72 600[1] Retired
Progress-M1
 Russia Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-FG
None Retired
Progress-M
11F615A60
 Russia Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-2.1a
7.2 7,150 2,230 7.6 None 2.72 700 Retired
Progress-MS  Russia Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-2.1a
7.2 7,150 2,230 Operational[2]
ATV  Europe EADS Ariane 5ES 10.3 10,470[3] 20,750[3] 7,667[3] 48 (pressurized) None 4.5 3,800[4] Retired
Dragon  USA SpaceX Falcon 9 6.1 4,200[5] 10,200 3,310 pressurized or unpressurized, in any mixture[6] 10.0 (pressurized), plus 14 (unpressurized), or 34 (unpressurized with extended trunk)[7] 2,500 capsule return[8] 3.7 2,000[9] Operational
Dragon V2 cargo  USA SpaceX Falcon 9 Development
HTV  Japan JAXA H-IIB 10 10,500[10] 16,500[10] 4,500 pressurized, 1,500 unpressurized[10] 14 (pressurized, plus 16 unpressurized)[11] None 4.4 Operational
HTV-X  Japan JAXA H3 Launch Vehicle[12] 5,200 pressurized, 2,000 unpressurized[13] 78[13] Development
Cygnus (standard)  USA Orbital Antares 5.14 1,500[14] 2,000[14] 18.9[14] None 3.07 3,500[15] Retired
Cygnus (enhanced)  USA Orbital ATK Antares
Atlas V 401
6.34 1,800[16] 3,500[16] 27[16] None 3.07 Operational
Dream Chaser Cargo System  USA Sierra Nevada Corporation Atlas V
Vulcan[17]
5,000 pressurized, 500 unpressurized[18] 1,750[18] Development

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progress M". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Upgraded Progress MS docks with the ISS". NASASpaceflight.com. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle". ESA. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "ATV Utilization Relevant Data" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "SpaceX Brochure v7" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Bergin, Chris (19 October 2012). "Dragon enjoying ISS stay, despite minor issues – Falcon 9 investigation begins". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. CRS-2 will debut the use of Dragon’s Trunk section, capable of delivering unpressurized cargo, prior to the payload being removed by the ISS’ robotic assets after berthing. 
  7. ^ http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/pdf/DragonLabFactSheet.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/10/falcon-9loft-dragon-crs-1-mission-iss-attempt1/
  9. ^ "Dragonlab Datasheet" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Overview". JAXA. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "H3,H‐IIA/Bのミッション割当て(案)" (PDF) (in Japanese). MEXT. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  13. ^ a b "HTV-Xの開発状況について" (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  14. ^ a b c "Cygnus Fast Sheet" (PDF). Orbital Sciences Co. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Annual Compendium of Commercial Space Transportation: 2012" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c "Cygnus Spacecraft Information". Spaceflight101. 
  17. ^ "NSRC Day 2 Summary". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Sierra Nevada Hopes Dream Chaser Finds "Sweet Spot" of ISS Cargo Competition". SpaceNews. Retrieved 20 February 2016.