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18 Nov 13 18:28:00 GMT
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Ariane 5 Primed for Thursday Mission With Athena-Fidus and ABS-2 Satellites

Mission VA-217 will be powered uphill by the Vulcain-2 engine of the cryotechnic main stage and twin side-mounted solid-fueled rocket boosters. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

More than five months since the roar of an Ariane 5 last rocked the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, [...]

Farewell, Georges: Europe's Final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Begins Journey to Launch Site

The fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) has begun its journey from Germany to South America. This will represent its final Earthly journey before heading into space in June 2014. Photo Credit: Astrium

With eight months still remaining before a mighty Ariane 5 booster launches it toward the International Space Station, Europe’s fifth [...]

Processing Begins in French Guiana for Mid-December Ariane 5 Mission

The cryotechnic main stage and its French-built Vulcain-2 engine are raised to the vertical in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL) at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Launch of Flight VA-216 is scheduled for mid-December. Photo Credit: CNES/Arianespace

It has been a busy year for Arianespace—the French-led launch services organization, which operates [...]

Success as 70th Ariane 5 Delivers Alphasat and Insat-3D Perfectly into Orbit

The VA-214 stack undergoes final checks on the ELA-3 pad, ahead of today’s liftoff. Photo Credit: Arianespace

For the third time this year, another mammoth Ariane 5 booster has delivered a payload perfectly into orbit. Mission VA-214, the 214th flight by Arianespace’s rocket family since the maiden voyage of Ariane 1 in December 1979, [...]

Ariane 5 Primed to Launch Europe's Alphasat and India's Insat-3D Satellites

The Ariane 5 rocket, pictured shortly before the launch of the ATV-4 mission in June, will fly Arianespace’s 214th mission on Thursday. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Less than two months since the rousing launch of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-4 “Albert Einstein,” another mammoth Ariane 5 booster stands ready at the Guiana Space Centre in [...]

ESA's ATV-4 Successfully, Safely Docks With International Space Station

Video courtesy of NASA Television

“Albert Einstein,” the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle, or “ATV,” has safely docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Docking occurred Saturday at 10:07 a.m. EDT to the rear end of the station’s Zvezda service module. The docking was automated and concluded [...]

E(xploration) = M(issions) & C(rew) Squared Off: The Future of the ATV After 'Albert Einstein'

NASA image of the conical Orion crew capsule, attached to an ESA-built Service Module. The X-shaped “windmill” configuration of solar arrays is clearly visible. Image Credit: NASA

On Saturday, Europe’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4)—named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein—is scheduled to dock at the International Space Station’s Zvezda module. The arrival [...]

Ariane 5 Boosts 'Albert Einstein' Automated Transfer Vehicle to Orbit

Arianespace successfully launched an Ariane 5 rocket this evening with its payload of the Albert Einstein ATV cargo vessel traveling to the International Space Station. Image Credit: ESA / DUCROS David

Europe’s mammoth Ariane 5 rocket has successfully boosted the fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4)—named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein—into orbit, en-route [...]

'Albert Einstein' Primed for Space Station Resupply Mission

Ten days after leaving Earth, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, boasting its unique X-shaped configuration of solar arrays, will dock with the Zvezda module of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Europe’s second-to-last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4), named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein, will roar aloft from the Guiana Space [...]

As ATV Launch Approaches, Damage to Docking Sensor Still to be Assessed

View of the docking port on the Zvezda module, marking the area potentially impacted by Progress M-19M in April 2013. Image Credit: Roscosmos/Anatoly Zak/Russianspaceweb.com

While the fourth European ATV has been sitting on top of an Ariane 5 launcher set for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 5, engineers are still analyzing a [...]