I'm working on a project that aims to understand what is needed to live in space. I understand the basic concepts and vital items needed, but I'd love to see a direct example of what is already being done.

Considering we already have to think about this every time we send a resupply cargo spacecraft to the ISS, I figured there might be a list somewhere that lays out all the items that are sent to the ISS on each resupply spacecraft. I understand that getting full lists of every item sent might be a stretch, but maybe a list of the general/common items that are sent is available somewhere.

Does anyone know of such a list, or where I might be able to search for one? Any help would be appreciated!

Edit: A good example of the stuff I'm looking for can be found in this video. The man in the video explains how so many different things are sent to the space station and then provides some examples. I want a more full list if it's possible!


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If you want an example manifest for one logistics flight, that's available.

Search terms...suggest "ISS Cargo Manifest"

From SpaceX 2 Cargo Manifest

(see link for details)

  • 81 kg of crew supplies (food, clothes, paperwork)
  • 25 kg of international partner experiments
  • 323 kg of NASA experiments
  • 3 kg of EVA tools
  • 135 kg of ISS hardware
  • 8 kg of PC parts
  • 0.3 kg of Russian hardware
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    $\begingroup$ I'm surprised the ratio of food to science is that low. Is this typical? $\endgroup$
    – ikrase
    Commented Jun 21, 2020 at 9:37
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    $\begingroup$ @ikrase food is transported dehydrated remember, so weighs much less than you would first expect. $\endgroup$
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 21, 2020 at 12:11
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    $\begingroup$ No consumables like oxygen or water? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 21, 2020 at 12:37
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSchröder while there are some shipments of water and backup oxygen, they aren't treated as consumables where you need constant supply from earth - most water is recycled and most oxygen is created on-site from water electrolysis. $\endgroup$
    – Peteris
    Commented Jun 21, 2020 at 15:18
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSchröder Water is usually brought extra, for example HTV-4 brought 480 litre. $\endgroup$
    – Polygnome
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 6:59

Based on @Martin Schroeder comment. I found out a cargo with water supply:


420kg of water out of a 2405kg payload.

Presumably, There are lighter and heavier shipments.

  • $\begingroup$ Yeah this answers it a bit more. I was definitely hoping to find more details. Maybe something on the variation of the food as well. I also wonder how they store the water. Is it just in large containers, or is it one large tank that is then pumped into the ISS? $\endgroup$
    – Jee
    Commented Jun 28, 2020 at 21:26

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