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ATV-4 launch adapter
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- Title ATV-4 launch adapter
- Released 15/05/2013 12:00 pm
- Copyright ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG
In preparation of ATV Albert Einstein to be launched, its launch adapter is placed on an Ariane 5 launcher at Europe's Spaceport, Kourou, French Guiana. The launch adapter connects the spacecraft to the launcher.
Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV) are multi-purpose unmanned ferries delivered to orbit by Europe’s 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.