Date: Thu, Feb 03, 2011 | 07:30 - 07:45 GMT | 08:30 - 08:45 CET
Type: ESA TV Exchange
In two weeks, on 15 February, ESA will be making history, launching its heaviest spacecraft. Ariane 5 will be carrying ATV-2, Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle, its space freighter for the International Space Station. Named after the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, the ATV-2 is the first in a series of regular missions, after the inaugural flight of the Jules Verne in 2008.
This A & B-Roll details why the Johannes Kepler is 600 kg heavier than the Jules Verne, describes the cargo that it carries and the late cargo access which is being used for the first time. It includes interviews with Nico Dettmann, Head of ATV Production at ESA and his colleague Charlotte Beskow, ATV-2 deputy Mission Manager. Interviews are in English and German.
More backgroud information can be found on: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/ATV/index.html
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