ISS

ISS and other
space-station-related
sub-satellite launches

Salyut Mir
ISSSalyutMir (core)

Below is a checklist of International Space Station (ISS) and other space-station-related sub-satellites, including launch dates and images of the satellites. A master list of un-manned satellites, including acronyms and full names is available, or click the 'Satellite' column title below. This is a work in progress, and completeness is our goal. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

A space station (or orbital station) is a spacecraft capable of supporting a crew, which is designed to remain in space (most commonly in low Earth orbit) for an extended period of time, and to which other spacecraft can dock. A space station is distinguished from other spacecraft used for human spaceflight by its lack of major propulsion or landing systems. Instead, other vehicles transport people and cargo to and from the station. As of October 2011 two space stations are in orbit; the International Space Station, and the People's Republic of China Tiangong-1. Previous stations include the Almaz and Salyut series, Skylab, and Mir.


SatelliteLaunch SegmentDateImages
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Salyut-6 related sub-satellites (1977 — 1982)
KRT-10 (radio telescope) [Progress-7 launched]launched to Salyut-6
deployed from Salyut-6
1979-06-28
1979-07-18
KRT-10
Salyut-7 related sub-satellites (1982 — 1991)
Iskra-2 [Soyuz-T5 launched]launched to Salyut-7
deployed from Salyut-7
1982-05-14
1982-05-17
IskraIskraIskra
Iskra-3 [Progress-16 launched]launched to Salyut-7
deployed from Salyut-7
1982-10-31
1982-11-18
Mir-related sub-satellites (1986 — 2001)
MAK-1 (upper atmosphere and ionosphere) [Progress-M8 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1991-05-30
1991-06-17
MAK-1
Naduvaniy Hazovoy Ballon [Progress-M8 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1991-05-30
1991-08-15
Naduvaniy Hazovoy Ballon
MAK-2 (upper atmosphere) [Progress-M15 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1992-10-27
1992-11-20
MAK-2
GFZ-1 (geodesy) [Progress-M27 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1995-04-09
1995-04-18
GFZ-1
GFZ-1
GFZ-1GFZ-1
RS-17a / Sputnik-40 [Progress-M36 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1997-10-05
1997-11-04
RS-17aRS-17a
Inspector-1 [Progress-M36 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1997-10-05
1997-10-05
Inspector-1Inspector-1Inspector
RS-18 / Sputnik-41 [Progress-M40 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1998-10-25
1998-11-10
RS-18
RS-18
RS-18
RS-19 / Sputnik-99 [Progress-M41 launched]launched to Mir
deployed from Mir
1999-04-02
1999-04-16
RS-19
ISS-related sub-satellites (1998 →)
RS-21 / Kolibri-2000 [Progress-M1-7 launched]launched to ISS2001-11-26RS-21
RS-21
RS-21
deployed from Progress after departing from ISS2002-02-14
TNS-0 [Progress-M52 launched]launched to ISS2005-02-28TNS-0
TNS-0
TNS-0
deployed from ISS2005-03-28
OSCAR-54 / SuitSat / RadioSkaf-1 [Progress-M54 launched]launched to ISS2005-09-08OSCAR-54OSCAR-54
deployed from ISS2006-02-03
ARISSat-1 / Kedr / RadioSkaf-2 [Progress-M-09M launched]launched to ISS2011-01-28ARISSat-1ARISSat-1
deployed from ISS2011-08-03
RS-39 / Chibis-M [Progress-M-13M launched]launched to ISS2011-10-30RS-39RS-39
deployed from Progress after departing from ISS2012-01-23
Sfera-53 [Progress-M-16M launched]launched to ISS2012-08-01Sfera-53Sfera-53
deployed from ISS during spacwalk (EVA)2012-08-20
ArduSat-1 [HTV-4 launched]launched to ISS2013-08-03ArduSat-1ArduSat-1ArduSat-1
deployed from ISS2013-11-19
PicoDragon [HTV-4 launched]launched to ISS2013-08-03PicoDragonPicoDragonPicoDragon
deployed from ISS2013-11-19
TechEdSat-3 [HTV-4 launched]launched to ISS2013-08-03TechEdSat-3TechEdSat-3TechEdSat-3
deployed from ISS2013-11-20
Flock-1 [Cygnus-CRS-1 launched]launched to ISS2014-01-09Flock-1Flock-1
deployed from ISS2014-02-11 — 2014-02-15
ArduSat-2 [Cygnus-CRS-1 launched]launched to ISS2014-01-09ArduSat-2ArduSat-2
deployed from ISS2014-02-28
OSCAR-78 / LituanicaSat-1 [Cygnus-CRS-1 launched]launched to ISS2014-01-09OSCAR-78OSCAR-78OSCAR-78
deployed from ISS2014-02-28
LitSat-1 [Cygnus-CRS-1 launched]launched to ISS2014-01-09LitSat-1LitSat-1LitSat-1
deployed from ISS2014-02-28
SkyCube [Cygnus-CRS-1 launched]launched to ISS2014-01-09SkyCubeSkyCube
deployed from ISS2014-02-28
UAPSat-1 [Cygnus-CRS-1 launched]launched to ISS2014-01-09UAPSat-1UAPSat-1UAPSat-1
deployed from ISS2014-02-28
Chasqui-1 [Progress-M-22M launched]launched to ISS2014-02-05Chasqui-1Chasqui-1
deployed from ISS during spacwalk (EVA)2014-08-18
Fleshka [Progress-MS launched]launched to ISS2015-12-21FleshkaFleshka
deployed from ISS during spacwalk (EVA)2016-02-03
Tomsk-TPU-120 [Progress-MS-2 launched]launched to ISS2016-03-31Tomsk-TPU-120Tomsk-TPU-120
deployed from ISS during spacwalk (EVA)2017-08-17


Un-manned space transportation systems to support the ISS:


(Selected) H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) series:

Vehicle (and sub-satellite payload)Launch DateImages
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HTV-12009-09-10HTV-1HTV-1
HTV-3 (with Raiko, WE-WISH, FITSat-1, F-1, TechEdSat-1)2012-07-21Raiko
WE-WISH
FITSat-1
F-1
TechEdSat-1
"HTV-3"
HTV-4 (with TechEdSat-3. ArduSat-X, ArduSat-1, PicoDragon)2013-08-03TechEdSat-3
ArduSat-1
PicoDragon
TechEdSat-3
ArduSat-1
PicoDragon


(Selected) Cygnus series:

Vehicle (and sub-satellite payload)Launch DateImages
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Cygnus-A1 (with Dove-1, PhoneSat-v1a, PhoneSat-v1b, PhoneSat-v2a)2013-04-21Cygnus-A1 (T. Chamberlin)
Cygnus-D12013-09-18Cygnus-1Cygnus-D1 (T. Chamberlin)"Cygnus-1"
"Cygnus-1"
"Cygnus"
"Cygnus"
Cygnus
Cygnus-CRS-1 (with Flock-1-1 — 1-28, ArduSat-2, OSCAR-78, LitSat-1, SkyCube, UAPSat-1)2014-01-09Flock-1
ArduSat-2
OSCAR-78
LitSat-1
SkyCube
UAPSat-1
Cygnus-CRS-1 (docking)OSCAR-78
LitSat-1
UAPSat-1
Cygnus-CRS-2 (with Flock-1b — 28, TechEdSat-3, MicroMAS, GEARRS-1, Lambdasat)2014-07-13Cygnus-CRS-2 (T. Chamberlin)
Cygnus-CRS-3 (with Flock-1d — 26, Arkyd-3, RACE, GOMX-2) [failed]2014-10-28
Cygnus-CRS-4 (with SIMPL, AggieSat-4, Bevo-2, Flock-2e1 — 12, CADRE, MinXSS-1, Nodes-1, Nodes-2, STMSat-1)2015-12-06


(Selected) Autonomous Transfer Vehicle (ATV) series:

Vehicle (and sub-satellite payload)Launch DateImages
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ATV-12009-03-09"ATV"
"ATV"
ATV (solar panels missing)
ATV (solar panels missing)
ATV (solar panels missing)
"ATV"
"ATV"
ATV
"ATV"
ATV (depicted)
ATV-22011-02-16ATV-2ATV-2
ATV-2
ATV-32012-03-23"ATV-3"
"ATV-3"
ATV-42013-06-05"ATV-4"
ATV-52014-07-25ATV-5 (un-docking)


(Selected) Dragon series:

Vehicle (and sub-satellite payload)Launch DateImages
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Dragon-C12010-12-08Dragon-C1
Dragon-C22012-05-22Dragon-C2Dragon-C2"Dragon"
Dragon-CRS-12010-10-08Dragon-CRS-1 (docking)
Dragon-CRS-112017-06-03Dragon-CRS-11 (launch)
Dragon-CRS-11 (return)


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