The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) ferried propellants, food, water and equipment to the ISS. Once docked, it used its own engines to correct the station’s orbit. At the end of its four-month mission it was filled with waste, and burnt up in the…
Access to space
• ATV-4 “Albert Einstein” leaves Airbus Defence and Space’s Bremen site for European spaceport in Kourou • Airbus Defence and Space built ATV is the world’s largest supply spacecraft for the ISS • The “Albert Einstein” cargo vessel…
Manned Space Missions
• Nine reboost manoeuvres put ISS back on course • Airbus Defence and Space already working on next ATV mission • Study: ATV technologies for new space vehicles
On 20 June, the ATV-2 Johannes Kepler accomplished a textbook undocking from the ISS and then disintegrated as planned 24 hours later in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The ATV Jules Verne executed two essential demonstration manoeuvres on 29 and 31 March, in preparation for docking with the ISS next Thursday.