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ATV Georges Lemaître Set To Test New Rendezvous Sensors
2014-03-18 19:16:18

ESA ESA’s space freighter ATV Georges Lemaître, set for launch this summer,will test new rendezvous sensors in space as it approaches the International Space Station. ESA has set its sights on allowing future spacecraft to rendezvous with ‘uncooperative’ targets, such as orbiting debris or a Mars sample capsule. The LIRIS demonstrator – short for Laser InfraRed Imaging Sensors – on the last Automated Transfer Vehicle, or ATV, is the first step towards an uncooperative...

ESA's ATV Astronaut Trainees Pass With Flying Colors
2014-01-14 10:59:19

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ESA has announced that the fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will be leaving for the International Space Station (ISS) this summer. ATV Georges Lemaitre will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will be bringing supplies, fuel and oxygen for the astronauts aboard the orbiting space lab. Alexander Gerst is an ESA astronaut who will be departing in May to join the other members of the...

Perfect Mission Comes To A Fiery End For ATV Albert Einstein
2013-11-04 11:25:46

ESA ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) are the most complex space vehicles ever developed in Europe and are the largest and most capable resupply ships to dock with the Space Station. At 20 tons, ATV-4 set the record for the heaviest...

After Monday Morning Departure, Albert Einstein Plans Return Home
2013-10-28 07:35:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online “Albert Einstein” had a good run in space, but now it is time to return home. Technically known as the ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4), Albert Einstein has been docked with the International Space Station (ISS) since June. After a successful release from the orbiting lab’s Zvezda service module at 4:55 a.m. EDT Monday morning, it will begin making the voyage back to Earth. The departure of Einstein...

2013-10-21 08:21:16

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the newest U.S. commercial cargo spacecraft to deliver supplies to the International Space Station and undocking of the fourth European Space Agency cargo vehicle. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Coverage for departure of the Cygnus spacecraft begins at 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 22. The spacecraft has been attached to the space station since...

Albert Einstein Docked To Space Station
2013-06-17 06:42:39

ESA Press Release ESA´s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, Albert Einstein, completed a flawless rendezvous with the International Space Station on June 15 when it docked smoothly with orbital outpost at 14:07 GMT (16:07 CEST). The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is now connected to the Space Station. “Bravo Europe, bravo ESA, bravo ATV. Thank you Member States, thank you industry, thank you CNES, thank you Russian partner,” commented Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director...

Albert Einstein Resupply Craft Set To Dock With Space Station On Saturday
2013-06-14 08:39:14

[WATCH VIDEO: ATV4 Launch Highlights] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Saturday, June 15 the ESA´s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV4), named Albert Einstein, is set to dock autonomously with the International Space Station (ISS). Einstein launched aboard an Ariane-5 rocket on June 5 and is carrying scientific experiments, supplies and fuel for the orbiting station and its crew. ATV4 will complete a series of phasing maneuvers (thruster burns) on...

Last Look At ATV-4 Before It Launches
2013-06-04 10:10:47

ESA Engineers look on as the Ariane 5 launcher fairing is lowered over ESA´s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the largest and most sophisticated space ferry to supply the International Space Station. The smaller dark cylinder visible inside the white fairing is ATV Albert Einstein, the fourth spacecraft in the series that will be launched from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana tomorrow. This was the last time anybody on Earth will see ATV-4 directly and the last photograph...

2013-05-31 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage in June of the launch and docking of the European Space Agency's (ESA) fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo craft (ATV-4) to the International Space Station and the departure of a Russian Progress resupply ship from the orbiting laboratory. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Loaded with more than 7 tons of supplies for the space station crew, the 13-ton ATV-4 "Albert...

Russia's Damaged Progress Cargo Resupply Ship Docks With Space Station
2013-04-26 14:15:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Despite all odds, Russia's Progress 51 cargo spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday at 8:25 a.m. EDT. A "hard mate" was established when docking hooks were deployed nine minutes later at 8:34 a.m. Progress launched towards the orbiting space lab on Wednesday carrying 2.5 tons of cargo, including 1,764 pounds of propellant, 48 pounds of oxygen, 57 pounds of air, 926 pounds of water and 3,483 pounds...