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.
Space in daily life
The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is a ‘space truck’ – an unmanned, completely automated supply ship designed to carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). It is a major part of Europe’s contribution to the ISS programme.
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
Access to space
ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) may have what appears to be a rather prosaic mission – supply of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), and removal of rubbish from it, but it is in fact the largest, most complex space vehicle…
The fifth and final European automated transport vehicle (ATV) is ready to set off for Kourou.