Ten days after its Ariane 5 ES launch, the Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV 04 (Albert Einstein) docked with the aft port of the International Space Station’s Zvezda module at 1407 GMT on 15 June. The craft was carrying The craff was carrying 2580kg of propellant to boost itself and ISS to a higher orbit and a futher 860kg of fuel to be transferred. There will also be 570kg of water and 100kg of oxygen and 2,400kg of dry cargo carried.
One more ATV flight to the International Space Station is planned. ATV 05 (Georges Lemaitre) is due to fly to the International Space Station in 2014. The ATV spacecraft is being used as the basis for a service module being designed for use by NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
Phil Hylands contributed to this report.