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N° 24–2007: First ATV leaves Europe to prepare for launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

15 June 2007

Time to bid farewell to the most sophisticated spacecraft ever built in Europe. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will leave the European Space Agency’s ESTEC establishment in the Netherlands in mid-July and be shipped to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. There, it will start its launch preparation campaign which will last several months, before being launched by Ariane 5 not earlier than mid-January 2008 and (after a 12 to 15 day journey) docking automatically with the International Space Station using its own propulsion and navigation systems.

To mark the upcoming departure of this first ATV, the Jules Verne, ESA is inviting media representatives interested in covering this event to attend a Media Day on 28 June at ESTEC. This will not only feature an opportunity to see the Jules Verne in its clean room at the test centre there but also presentations by experts from ESA and industry on the latest status of the project. The programme also includes ATV photo and video opportunities as well as opportunities to interview various experts.

Media representatives wishing to attend the ATV Media Day are kindly requested to fill out the attached accreditation form and return it by fax to the ESA-ESTEC Communication Office + 31 71 565 5728 by Tuesday 26 June at the latest.

Note for editors:

The ATV European resupply spaceship is a crucial element of the International Space Station (ISS) programme. It will deliver refuelling propellant for the Station’s own propulsion system, as well as air and drinking water for the crew. It will also transport science experiments and related hardware, thus making a major contribution to ISS logistics. The ATV will also give the Space Station an orbit reboost to overcome the effects of residual atmospheric drag. After serving for six months as a work space extension of the ISS, its final task after undocking will be to dispose of waste during a guided and controlled destructive reentry into the atmosphere high over the Pacific.

For more information:

Rosita Suenson

ESA-ESTEC Communication Office

Communication Department

+ 31 71 565 3007

Rosita.Suenson@esa.int

Markus Bauer

ESA Communication Officer for the Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration

Communication Department

Phone: + 31 71 565 6799

Markus.Bauer@esa.int

ATV Media Day

28 June 2007

Erasmus Centre

ESA/ESTEC

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Programme

0945

Doors open

1000

Welcome

ATV – Preparing for Exploration:

Daniel Sacotte, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration

1015

ATV - European Resupply Vessel:

John Ellwood, ATV Project Manager, ESA Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration

1030

ATV – Technological masterpiece:

Nicolas Chamussy, Astrium ATV Programme Director

1045

ATV – Role for Human Spaceflight:

Jean-Francois Clervoy, Astronaut and ATV project advisor

1100

Questions & Answers

Coffee

Transfer to ATV at Test Centre

1130

ATV visit, photo and video opportunities, opportunity to conduct interviews at the test facilities

1300

Buffet in the Erasmus High Bay with interview opportunities

1500

End of programme

ATV Media Day

28 June 2007

ESA/ESTEC

Surname:__________________ First name:_______________________

Media organisation represented: _____________________________

Address:_____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Telephone:_______________ Mobile: __________________________

Fax: ______________________Email: ___________________________

( ) will attend

( ) will not attend

Please return this form by 26 June to:

ESA/ESTEC

Communication Office

Fax. + 31 71 565 57 28

For further information:

ESA - Media Relations Service
Tel: +33.(0)1.5369.7299
Fax: +33.(0)1.5369.7690



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