Manned Space Missions
Astrium is prime contractor for both the ATV and the Ariane 5 launcher Fourth European ATV space freighter by Astrium to be launched to the ISS by an Ariane 5 on 5 June At nearly 20.2 tonnes, it will be the heaviest ever payload for Ariane 7…
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.
Toulouse, 3 April 2008 – “This is the first time that a space vehicle has performed a totally automatic rendezvous,” declared a delighted François Auque, CEO of Astrium, from the ATV control centre in Toulouse. “Europe is now well and truly…
Flight 181 is the 37th Ariane 5 launch and the first in 2008. An A5 ES will be used for this flight, intermediary in the Ariane 5 range.