Ariane 5 ES | Edoardo Amaldi ATV (ATV-003)

Ariane 5 ES | Edoardo Amaldi ATV (ATV-003)

Ariane Launch Area 3
Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana













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Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.


Edoardo Amaldi ATV (ATV-003)

ATV-3 is the Automated Transfer Vehicle operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) to resupply the international space station (ISS) with propellant, water, air and dry cargo. After 5 days in orbit it docked to the ISS on 23rd March 2012.

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Edoardo Amaldi ATV

Serial ATV-003

Launch Crew Count 0

Status Single Use

Landing Time 2012-10-03T00:00:00+0000


Ariane 5 ES

Height 45.70 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 11400 kN

Diameter 5.40 Meters

Mass To LEO 21000 kg

Liftoff Mass 746 Tonnes

Launch Success 8

Consecutive Success 8

Maiden Flight 2008-03-09

Launch Failures 0



International Space Station

The International Space Station programme is tied together by a complex set of legal, political and financial agreements between the sixteen nations involved in the project, governing ownership of the various components, rights to crewing and utilization, and responsibilities for crew rotation and resupply of the International Space Station. It was conceived in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, during the Space Station Freedom project as it was originally called.

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