The ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) is ESA’s unmannded resupply spacecraft for the ISS.
The mission of this “real world X-Wing” is not only to transport cargo and propellant, but also to reboost the Space Station into a higher orbit. Currently, it’s the most powerful resupply spacecraft with a cargo capacity of more than 6.5 tonnes.
The fourth ATV , named after the famous scientist Albert Einstein, will be launched today on an Ariane 5 rocket at ESA’s spaceport in Kourou.
You can read more about the ATV here:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human ... ole_of_ATV
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