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European Automated Space Truck Arrive At South American Spaceport

More images of ATV transfer and processing
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Aug 02, 2007
After a transatlantic crossing by sea, Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle for the International Space Station, arrived at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, yesterday morning. Nearly two weeks after leaving Rotterdam harbour, the French cargo ship MN Toucan, carrying around 400 tonnes of spacecraft and equipment for the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), sailed into Pariacabo harbour on Monday afternoon.

Operations to unload the International Space Station (ISS) re-supply cargo spacecraft started later the same day. The final section of the ATV spacecraft was disembarked on Tuesday morning and driven by truck to the S5 building at Europe's Spaceport.

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India Plans To Double Satellite Launches Within Five Years
New Delhi (RIA Novosti) Jul 27, 2007
India intends to double the number of satellites it orbits within five years, the head of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said Thursday. India has been successfully developing its space program in recent years, regularly launching satellites using its own booster rockets. "On the average, four-five launches annually against a maximum of two a year, which we make now," Press Trust of India quoted Madhavan Nair as telling journalists in Bangalore.

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