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ESA Unveils Autonomous Tug for ISS

Posted 22 Apr 2002 at 19:47 UTC by steve Share This

gear21 pointed out this story on SpaceDaily about the ESA's largest contribution to the International Space Station: The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). The Jules Verne is the first of many ATVs that will carry up to 5.5 tons of supplies to the ISS and remained docked for up to six months. After unloading the cargo, the autonomous robot-vehicle will be used as a garbage truck. The station's trash will be loaded into the ATV which will then burn up as it deorbits. The ESA site provides more information and photos of the ATV.

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