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 […]

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

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“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 the […]

ESA Pushes Forward with Ariane 6 Despite Criticism

ESA Launch Vehicle Director Antonio Fabrizi with the family of European launchers. Photo Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has replied to the criticism moved by the Air and Space Academy about the Ariane 6 design, on June 7.

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ISS: A Future Beyond 2020?

Will the ISS survive past 2020? Photo Credit: NASA

 

Use of ISS is, per Section 501 (a) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010[1], to be operated until 2020. Although since the 2010 NASA Act was written NASA has talked about extending the use of ISS beyond 2020 […]

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, […]

'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 […]