Georges Lemaître ATV

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Georges Lemaître ATV
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator European Space Agency
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type ATV
Manufacturer EADS Astrium
Thales Alenia Space
Start of mission
Launch date NET 2014
Rocket Ariane 5ES
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Epoch Planned
Docking with ISS
Docking port Zvezda Aft
ATV-GeorgesLemaitre.jpg

The Georges Lemaître ATV, or Automated Transfer Vehicle 005 (ATV-005), is a European unmanned cargo resupply spacecraft, named after the Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaître.[1] The spacecraft is scheduled for launch in 2014, on a mission to supply the International Space Station (ISS) with propellant, water, air, and dry cargo. It is the fifth and final ATV to be built, following the Albert Einstein, which launched on 5 June 2013. Georges Lemaître's components were constructed in Turin, Italy, and Bremen, Germany, and are currently undergoing final assembly and testing in Turin and Bremen.

Georges Lemaître will be launched on an Ariane 5ES rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch will be conducted by Arianespace on behalf of the European Space Agency.

ATV missions[edit]

Designation Name Launch date ISS docking date Deorbit date Sources
ATV-001 Jules Verne 9 March 2008 3 April 2008 29 September 2008 [2][3]
ATV-002 Johannes Kepler 16 February 2011 24 February 2011 21 June 2011 [4][5]
ATV-003 Edoardo Amaldi 23 March 2012 28 March 2012 4 October 2012 [6][7][8][9]
ATV-004 Albert Einstein 5 June 2013 15 June 2013 2 November 2013 [10][11][12][13]
ATV-005 Georges Lemaître TBA June 2014 TBA TBA [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fifth ATV named after Georges Lemaître". Feb 16, 2012. Retrieved Feb 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Multi-Program Integrated Milestones" (PDF). NASA. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "European Cargo Ship Begins Maiden Space Voyage". Space.com. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Europe's second cargo freighter to fly in December". Spaceflight Now. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "One-day delay of final shuttle launch makes room for ATV". Spaceflight Now. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Third ATV named after Edoardo Amaldi". ESA. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Europe's third cargo vehicle docks with the Space Station". ESA – ATV. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Deorbit burns set for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning". ESA ATV blog. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Mission accomplished for ATV Edoardo Amaldi". Space-Travel.com. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "ATV-4 scheduled for summer liftoff". ESA. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mission brochure – ATV Albert Einstein". ESA. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Europe's largest spaceship reaches its orbital port". ESA. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "A fiery end to a perfect mission: ATV Albert Einstein". ESA. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 

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