A new step for European space transportation

Simonetta Di Pippo

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Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Johannes Kepler is the most innovative spaceship ever developed in Europe, and this mission represents a confirmation of European capabilities in the domain of space transportation. The ATV will become the supply vehicle with the largest capacity available for the International Space Station (ISS). The technology and experience gained with ATV are benefiting Europe and its industrial competitiveness and will position Europe as leader in the exploitation and exploration of space, both in low Earth orbit and beyond. During the highly active phases of the ATV flight, from launch to docking, and from departure to reentry, a 60-strong mission control team will be working together in all its procedures. ATV's pressurised cabin could be transformed into a capsule for carrying people, making it a fully-fledged crew transport vehicle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-23
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Space Agency Bulletin
Issue number145
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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