Second ATV Flight Will Carry More Faster

By Michael A. Taverna
Bremen, Germany

Series production models of Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle will carry more cargo to the International Space Station—taking less time to do it, and with higher safety margins—than the prototype vessel.

Jules Verne, the pre-production model, was launched in March 2008 and stayed attached to the ISS for six months. ATV-2, the first series unit, will be shipped to the launch ...

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