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N° 7–2012: ATV launch delayed

2 March 2012

A routine inspection has concluded that additional measures are required to ensure the maximum readiness of the third Automated Transfer Vehicle for launch. It has therefore been decided to postpone the launch previously scheduled for 9 March.


A new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.

The launch of ESA’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) is part of the internationally coordinated servicing effort to support the International Space Station.

More information on ATV is available at

For further information, please contact: ESA Media Relations Office Communication Department Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99

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