Airbus Defence and Space has now spent more than three years preparing Ariane 5 for the ATV launch to the International Space Station. In contrast with a “standard” geostationary satellites launch mission, Ariane will be required to place the…
Toulouse, 25 April 2008 – The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has successfully re-boosted the International Space Station (ISS) to a higher altitude.
Manned Space Missions
• Five successful missions provided 32 tonnes of cargo and 40 re-boosts to the ISS • Airbus Defence and Space to use ATV technology in new space projects including the US human spacecraft ‘Orion’
Access to space
Kourou, 16 February 2011 – At 9:50 p.m. (GMT), Ariane 5 launched the ATV Johannes Kepler into orbit.
The only capability which Europe is lacking in the field of manned spaceflight is that of transporting astronauts to and from space. The experience have gained on Columbus and ATV, as well as on atmospheric re-entry systems (ARD), means that Europe…