ESA Pushes To Meet ATV-2 Docking Deadline

By Michael A. Taverna

PARIS — European Space Agency officials are reasonably sure they can meet a late February docking window for the second Automated Transfer Vehicle, which is needed for an International Space Station (ISS) reboost mission.

The next reboost is needed by mid-2011 to prevent the ISS from descending too low and risking atmospheric re-entry. The space shuttle and Progress resupply ship, as well as ...

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