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Manned Space Missions Dossiers

ATV-3 Edoardo’s support service for the ISS

The ATV, designed and built by Astrium, is the most intelligent space robot flying today.

The ATV ‘Edoardo Amaldi’ is the third unmanned European freight spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS).

The ATV, designed and built by Astrium, is the most intelligent space robot flying today.

The ATV ‘Edoardo Amaldi’ is the third unmanned European freight spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS). <p><FONT COLOR="white" >_</FONT> <p>The ATV is Europe’s contribution towards servicing the ISS. In addition to transporting fuel, gas, general supplies and scientific equipment, the ATV also assists in maintaining the Space Station’s attitude control after docking.


It is the biggest, most complex spacecraft ever developed and built in Europe. The 20-tonne space freighter is so precise that it can dock completely autonomously with the ISS at a speed of 28,000 km/h and with an accuracy of better than 10 cm.

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