ATV 3 named after Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi.
The first automated transfer vehicle ATV, which perfectly performed its International Space Station service mission in 2008, was called ‘Jules Verne’.
The second ATV, scheduled for launch in November 2010, was named ‘Johannes Kepler’ in honour of the German astronomer (1571–1630).
The third ATV will bear the name of the Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi (1908–1989), one of the founders of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research CERN.
Airbus Defence and Space is industrial prime contractor for the ATV under contract to the European Space Agency.