Science & Exploration

Space transportation: an ATV perspective

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ESA’s first Automated Transfer Vehicle, Jules Verne, docked with the International Space Station in 2008. The mission to supply the Space Station is used in this educational video to highlight the complex physical laws behind spaceflight and human exploration. 


Presenter Ronald Top takes the viewer over the hurdles of orbital mechanics, propulsion and satellite navigation during this 32-minute video. The presenter’s fresh and straightforward approach is sure to grab the attention of students.

Join Ronald as he travels the world visiting milestones of history and physics to illustrate basic principles of space travel. His journey takes him to launch pads in French Guiana, Jules Verne’s house, a clock museum, ESA’s technical heart ESTEC and the Bremen drop tower in Germany.

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