European Automated Transfer Vehicle
Space Station (ISS) depends on deliveries of food, water, clean clothes, and equipment for
Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)
is one of the indispensable ISS supply spaceships. The first launch was on 9 March 2008.
Every 12 months or so, an European Ariane 5 launcher will send the ATV with 7.5 tons of cargo from its Kourou launch site in French Guiana to the ISS. Like the Russian Progress cargo modules, it will automatically dock with the Station's Russian service module. The ATV will remain docked for up to six months. It will then be filled with trash and be destroyed in the Earth's atmosphere.
The ATV is pressurized, allowing crew members to enter wearing normal clothing.