Recall that at the moment Russia does not have reusable ships. Cargo delivery to the ISS is carried out by the Progress MS device, with a carrying capacity of 2,6 tons.
In turn, according to the plan of the developers, the new Argo will be able to put into orbit up to 2 tons and return one ton of cargo from the ISS. At the same time, one flight (round trip) of a reusable promising vehicle will cost $ 9,85 million. The assigned resource of the ship is 20 cycles with a total value of 196 million. For comparison, the creation and maintenance of one Progress MS, which is non-reusable and burns out in the atmosphere, costs RSC Energia $ 29,5 million.
It is reported that the domestic cargo ship will consist of two parts: a disposable engine compartment and a reusable return vehicle. The MTKS emphasized that the creation of a promising spacecraft will be carried out in close cooperation with Roskosmos, Rostec and Rosatom.