Arianespace receives the Ariane 5 for its February mission with Europe’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle
January 17, 2011 – Ariane Flight 200
The 200th Ariane launcher has been delivered to Arianespace at the Spaceport, where it will receive the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) payload for a February 15 liftoff on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.
This milestone Ariane 5 is now in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building – having been transferred last Friday from the integration facility where it was built up by prime contractor EADS Astrium.
The flight’s ATV will be Europe’s second such logistics spacecraft lofted by Arianespace, following the initial mission with an Ariane 5 in 2008. Named after German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, the new ATV will ferry a 7.5-metric ton load of propellant, liquids, gas and dry goods to the International Space Station.
Arianespace’s February 15 mission will be the first of six Ariane 5 flights planned by the company in 2011, along with five Soyuz launches and one Vega mission targeted during the year.