The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is not only a 'space truck' supply vehicle and one of Europe's main contributions to the International Space Station, but could also be the basis of European manned spaceflight.
Access to space
ATV 2 Johannes Kepler is ready for launch in Kourou by Ariane 5.
Toulouse, 3 April 2008 – “This is the first time that a space vehicle has performed a totally automatic rendezvous,” declared a delighted François Auque, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, from the ATV control centre in Toulouse. “Europe is…
Manned Space Missions
• Airbus Defence and Space, as prime contractor for the sophisticated Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) proves for the fourth time its capability to perform automatic rendezvous in space • 6,6 metric ton payload of ISS supplies ranging from…
The ATV Jules Verne executed two essential demonstration manoeuvres on 29 and 31 March, in preparation for docking with the ISS next Thursday.