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ATV Launches to Space Station

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 11:18 PM

Another record-breaking Ariane 5 success for Arianespace: ATV Albert Einstein is on its way to the International Space Station


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Ariane 5 “flexed its muscle” today with another record-setting Arianespace heavy-lift mission that orbited Europe’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) for servicing of the International Space Station.

Arianespace’s workhorse launch vehicle lifted off from the Spaceport precisely at 6:52 p.m. local time in French Guiana, which was the necessary timing for its ATV passenger’s orbital phasing to dock with the crewed orbital facility.

Ariane 5 delivered a total lift performance of 20,252 kg., which included 19,887 kg. for ATV – making this resupply spacecraft the largest payload ever to be orbited by an Ariane launcher.      

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 11:26 PM


ATV-4 replay liftoff

Replay of the liftoff of Ariane 5 VA 213 carrying ATV Albert Einstein from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 21:52 GMT.

Credit: ESA/Arianespace

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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