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ATV-4 fuelling in progress
- Title ATV-4 fuelling in progress
- Released 12/04/2013 12:00 pm
- Copyright ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG
ATV Albert Einstein is fuelled at Europe's Spaceport, Kourou, French Guiana. Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) carry two types of propellant to the International Space Station. Aside from its own fuel the space ferry brings propellant for the Russian Station boosters. Fuel is loaded in four phases with each component being highly toxic. All non-essential personnel are cleared from the room and operators wear sealed ‘scape suits’ at all times during fuelling.ATVs are multi-purpose unmanned ferries delivered to orbit by Europe’s Ariane 5 launcher. Each spacecraft can deliver up to 7 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station, including supplies and equipment, water, air, nitrogen, oxygen and fuel.
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