Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Qualification Module
As a logistics module capable of transporting and returning complete scientific payload racks to and from the Space Station, the MPLMs are a key element in International Space Station resupply. Each module is a cylinder 6.5 m long and 4.5 m in diameter, with conical endcaps that house docking mechanisms and hatches. The MPLM is carried to Space Station in the Space Shuttle cargo bay.
Three MPLMs have been constructed, they are named Raffaello, Leonardo and Donatello. The modules have been developed through an agreement between NASA and the Italian Space Agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI).