Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, Europe's leading space technology company, is preparing ATV-4 for launch. Albert Einstein is the fourth European ATV space freighter by Airbus Defence and Space to be launched to the ISS by an Ariane 5 on 5 June 2013.

With a total weight of nearly 20.2 tonnes, ATV-4 ‘Albert Einstein’ is the heaviest payload ever placed into orbit by an Ariane launcher. The ATV is also the smartest multipurpose spacecraft ever designed and built in Europe, with the mission to dock automatically to the International Space Station (ISS) at 28,000 km/h with a precision of less than 10 centimetres.

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