LAUNCH CENTER

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Wed Feb 16 2011
Arianespace

Johannes Kepler ATV (ATV-002)

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(9:51 PM UTC)

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(9:51 PM UTC)

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(9:51 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

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Rocket Details

Name:

Ariane 5 ES

Description:

The Ariane 5 ES (Evolution Storable) has an estimated LEO launch capacity of 21,000 kg (46,000 lb). It includes all the performance improvements of Ariane 5 ECA core and boosters but replaces the ESC-A second stage with the restartable EPS used on Ariane 5 GS variants. It was used to launch the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) into a 260 km circular low Earth orbit inclined at 51.6° and has been used 3 times to launch 4 Galileo navigation satellites at a time directly into their operational orbit. The Ariane 5 ES flew 8 times from 2008 to 2018 with no failures.

Ariane 5 ES rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Resupply
  • ATV-2 is the Automated Transfer Vehicle operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) to resupply the international space station (ISS) with propellant, water, air and dry cargo. After 8 days in orbit it docked to the ISS on 24th February 2011.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana

Pad

Ariane Launch Area 3