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Ariane ATV Begins Fueling In The S5 Facility At Europe's Spaceport

Europe's Spaceport.
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Jan 11, 2008
A new milestone in the preparation campaign for Ariane 5's first human-rated spacecraft passenger has been achieved with the start-up of fueling for the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). This process, which is being performed in the S5B fueling hall of the Spaceport's S5 payload preparation building, will load the ATV with two sets of propellants.

With an overall height of approximately 10 meters, the ATV will be one of the largest single payloads carried by Ariane 5. It was developed in a European Space Agency program and built by an Astrium-led industrial team.

The ATV is to become one of the key re-supply spacecraft for the International Space Station, carrying equipment, systems, food, water, and propellant to the orbital facility. Arianespace's launch manifest includes a total of nine ATV missions, which will be performed using the workhorse Ariane 5 vehicle.

Launch of the no. 1 ATV - which is named "Jules Verne" after France's visionary 19th century science fiction writer - is targeted for the second half of February.

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