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... is the greatest mass placed into any orbit by an Ariane launcher, achieved on 16 February 2011 with the ATV-2 Johannes Kepler. Before the 200th launch, the record was held by the first ATV, Jules Verne, at 19,350 kg, on Flight 181 (Ariane 5 ES).

Discover all the other amazing data about Ariane and ATV, plus all the Ariane flights by clicking here.

Animation presenting the history of Ariane rocket launches. Special focus on the 200th flight carrying the ISS supply craft ATV-2 ‘Johannes Kepler’, a major event for Airbus Defence and Space, prime contractor for both the Ariane launcher and the ATV.

 

 

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Manned Space Missions Dossiers

ATV-2: just extraordinary!

The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is not only the biggest, most complex spacecraft ever developed and built in Europe, but is also the first vehicle in the world designed to execute rendez-vous and operational docking in fully automated mode.

Despite its mass of nearly 20 tonnes and 22 metre span, the ATV is so precise that it can dock autonomously with the International Space Station (ISS) at a speed of 28,000 km/h and with a precision of less than 10 cm.

Launched by a specially adapted version of the Ariane rocket, this technological jewel carries over seven tonnes of freight to the ISS.

ISSATV


Did you know ?

20,100 kilogrammes...

... is the greatest mass placed into any orbit by an Ariane launcher, achieved on 16 February 2011 with the ATV-2 Johannes Kepler. Before the 200th launch, the record was held by the first ATV, Jules Verne, at 19,350 kg, on Flight 181 (Ariane 5 ES).

Discover all the other amazing data about Ariane and ATV, plus all the Ariane flights by clicking here.

 

 

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