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.
Access to space
ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) may have what appears to be a rather prosaic mission – supply of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), and removal of rubbish from it, but it is in fact the largest, most complex space vehicle…
The fifth and final European automated transport vehicle (ATV) is ready to set off for Kourou.
Manned Space Missions
Loading late cargo is a finely calculated operation