Spaceflight Now Home







NewsAlert



Sign up for our NewsAlert service and have the latest news in astronomy and space e-mailed direct to your desktop.

Enter your e-mail address:

Privacy note: your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose.


Behind the scenes inside the ATV factory
BY STEPHEN CLARK
SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Posted: June 22, 2011


Bookmark and Share

As one European cargo ship ended its mission Tuesday, production teams in Germany are testing the next Automated Transfer Vehicle before shipping it to the launch site in August.

Liftoff of the third ATV, dubbed Edoardo Amaldi after an Italian physicist, is scheduled for February 2012 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. It will deliver supplies, propellant, oxygen and water to the International Space Station.

Spaceflight Now visited the EADS Astrium factory in mid-June to observe the final assembly and testing of the ATV cargo ship and the Ariane 5 upper stage that will propel it into orbit. The facility is located in Bremen, Germany.


The ATV integrated cargo carrier, provided by Thales Alenia Space of Italy, sits in a final assembly and test portal in a clean room at EADS Astrium in Bremen, Germany.
Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

 

Technicians work inside the pressurized cabin of the ATV's cargo carrier.
Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

 

Workers load a cargo rack into the ATV.
Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

 

One of the cargo ship's four main engines mounted to the aft cone of the service module. Built by Aerojet, the engines each generate about 110 pounds of thrust and are used for major orbit maneuvers to reach the space station and return to Earth.
Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

 

This image, taken inside the ATV's propulsion module, show the spacecraft's propellant tanks and the maze of plumbing to go along with it.
Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

 

The Ariane 5 upper stage for the third ATV mission is complete and awaiting shipment to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission will employ a version of the stage burning storable propellant. Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

 

Final Shuttle Mission Patch

Free shipping to U.S. addresses!

The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!
 U.S. STORE
 WORLDWIDE STORE

STS-134 Patch

Free shipping to U.S. addresses!

The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!
 U.S. STORE
 WORLDWIDE STORE

Ares 1-X Patch
The official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.
 U.S. STORE
 WORLDWIDE STORE

Apollo Collage
This beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.
 U.S. STORE
 WORLDWIDE STORE

Project Orion
The Orion crew exploration vehicle is NASA's first new human spacecraft developed since the space shuttle a quarter-century earlier. The capsule is one of the key elements of returning astronauts to the Moon.
 U.S. STORE


Fallen Heroes Patch Collection
The official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store.
 U.S. STORE
 WORLDWIDE STORE

INDEX | PLUS | NEWS ARCHIVE | LAUNCH SCHEDULE
ASTRONOMY NOW | STORE

ADVERTISE

© 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.