Europe’s new contribution to the ISS has been dubbed the space truck. The craft is fully automated and requires no crew to rendezvous with the ISS and complete a docking procedure. The craft carries nearly 5 tons of food and water as well as other necessities to the crew of three astronauts on the ISS.
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Today at 1455 GMT the space Truck, officially called the automated transfer vehicle docked with the ISS for the first time. BBC News reports that the craft moved at only a few centimeters per second and docked with the Zvezda module.
Alan Thirkettle told BBC News, "This is a first in the world - this is a fully automatic spacecraft that docked with the space station, totally under its own control, and that's never been done before by anybody at all; so from a purely technical point of view, it's really quite incredible."
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Via BBC News