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ATV-4 docking system test
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- Title ATV-4 docking system test
- Released 12/10/2012 12:22 pm
- Copyright ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG
Engineers test ATV Albert Einstein’s docking system in Kourou, French Guiana. By using a plate that reproduces the passive part on the International Space Station the complete capture and docking sequence can be tested mechanically on Earth.
Automated Transfer Vehicles are multi-function unmanned ferries sent into orbit by the European Ariane 5 launcher. Each spacecraft can deliver up to 7 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station including supplies and equipment, water, air, nitrogen, oxygen and fuel.