August 12, 2014

ATV Georges Lemaître successfully docks with the International Space Station

Tuesday 12 August, the ATV Georges Lemaître docked successfully and on schedule with the International Space Station (ISS). The docking of the European Space Agency’ fifth and final automatic transfer vehicle was guided from the ATV Control Centre (ATV-CC) at CNES’s Toulouse Space Centre (CST).

The ATV Georges Lemaître, ESA’s fifth and final ISS resupply spacecraft, will now start unloading its cargo of food, water, oxygen, fuel, spares and scientific equipment for the station’s crew of six.

Commenting on the docking from the ATV-CC at the Toulouse Space Centre, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall hailed this latest success: “The ATV has once again accomplished a great docking with millimetre precision, a superb feat made possible by years of effort on the part of the hundreds of dedicated men and women working on Europe’s space programme.

After Rosetta’s rendezvous with a comet last week, Europe has today reaffirmed its prowess in cutting-edge space technologies in demonstrating the remarkable performance and reliability of this fifth and final ATV spacecraft.

Hats off to the teams at ESA and Europe’s space industry contractors for designing and building this vehicle; hats off to the teams at CNES who, backed by the solid expertise of the industry base in Toulouse, guided the ATV safely from its launch by Ariane 5 on 29 July to its destination; and hats off to all the space agencies and firms who worked together so effectively to achieve this exceptional success.”

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