European Space Truck Docks With ISS

Posted: Apr 3 2008, 11:32am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:10am CDT, in Other Stuff


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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.

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."

Via BBC News

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