Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Space Travel News .

Europe's next ATV resupply spacecraft enters final preparatio?ns for its Ariane 5 launch
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 01, 2013

illustration only

Europe's next ATV resupply spacecraft enters final preparations for its Ariane 5 launch

Europe's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to service the International Space Station is entering its final preparation phase for a planned Ariane 5 launch this spring from French Guiana on Arianespace's Flight VA213.

Named after Albert Einstein, the ATV is being processed in the Spaceport's S5 payload preparation building, where it was transferred yesterday from the facility's S5C large preparation hall into its S5B high-bay area. Riding on an air cushion pallet, the ATV was efficiently moved within the S5 building using internal transfer corridors that are maintained to clean-room conditions.

Following its final preparations, ATV Albert Einstein will be moved to the Spaceport's launcher integration building, where the large spacecraft is to be integrated atop Ariane 5.

Weighing approximately 20 metric tons at launch, the series of Automated Transfer Vehicles are developed in a European program for resupply and servicing of the International Space Station, and they rendezvous with the orbital facility after being deployed by Ariane 5.

Produced by an Astrium-led industry team for the European Space Agency, this latest ATV will carry some 6,270 kg. of fuel, water, air, oxygen and dry cargo to the space station. Additionally, ATVs are commonly used to adjust the International Space Station's orbital altitude and make maneuvers to avoid collisions with space debris.

Flight VA213 signifies the 213th flight of an Ariane with this workhorse family of launchers since 1979. Arianespace is responsible for launching all ATVs, and has orbited three of them to date: ATV Edoardo Amaldi in 2012, ATV Johannes Kepler in 2011 and ATV Jules Verne in 2008.


Related Links
Launch Pad at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

When quality counts: Arianespace reaffirms its North American market presence
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 26, 2013
The value, reliability and on-time delivery of Arianespace's services have resulted in multiple payload launch contracts from all major U.S.-based television broadcast and telecommunications providers - including the latest agreement with Intelsat announced this week. In addition to Intelsat's new accord for the orbiting of three satellites on Ariane 5 missions through 2017, three other U. ... read more

Future Looks Bright for Private US Space Ventures

Europe's next ATV resupply spacecraft enters final preparatio?ns for its Ariane 5 launch

ILS Proton Launches Satmex 8 Satellite for Satmex

When quality counts: Arianespace reaffirms its North American market presence

SwRI study finds liquid water flowing above and below frozen Alaskan sand dunes, hints of a wetter Mars

Opportunity Moves Into Place for Quiet Period of Operations

Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer

Opportunity Heads to Matijevic Hill

Lunar cycle determines hunting behaviour of nocturnal gulls

Ultraviolet spectrograph observes mercury and hydrogen in GRAIL impact plumes

NASA's LRO Sees GRAIL's Explosive Farewell

Amazon's Bezos recovers Apollo 11 engines

'Vulcan' wins Pluto moon name vote

Public to vote on names for Pluto moons

The PI's Perspective: The Seven-Year Itch

New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout

The Great Exoplanet Debate

Astronomers Detect Water in Atmosphere of Distant Planet

Distant planetary system is a super-sized solar system

Water signature in distant planet shows clues to its formation

ATK Successfully Ground Tests New CASTOR 30XL Upper Stage Solid Rocket Motor

NASA Turns Up the Heat on Construction of the Space Launch System

SpaceX's Merlin 1D Engine Achieves Flight Qualification

Here We Go Again, Another Air-Launch Idea

Shenzhou 10 sent to launch site

China's Next Women Astronauts

Shenzhou 10 - Next Stop: Jiuquan

China's fourth space launch center to be in use in two years

Dawn remains in silent pursuit of dwarf planet Ceres

NASA's Swift Sizes Up Comet ISON

NASA Scientists Find Moon, Asteroids Share History

Goldstone Radar Snags Images of Asteroid 2013 ET

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement