ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi leaving the International Space Station after delivering 6596 kg of fuel, air, oxygen, scientific equipment, spare parts and crew supplies. The two spacecraft undocked at 23:43 CEST (01:43 GMT) on 28 September 2012.

ESA workhorse to power NASA’s Orion spacecraft

16 January 2013
ESA agreed with NASA today to contribute a driving force to the Orion spacecraft planned for launch in 2017. Ultimately, Orion will carry astronauts further into space than ever before using a module based on Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle technology.

Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) have been resupplying the International Space Station since 2008. The fourth in the series, ATVAlbert Einstein, is being readied for launch next year from Kourou, French Guiana.

The ATV-derived service module, sitting directly below Orion’s crew capsule, will provide propulsion, power, thermal control, as well as supplying water and gas to the astronauts in the habitable module.

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