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The European Space Agency (ESA) revealed Tuesday the name to be assigned to its third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which will fly to the International Space Station late next year or early 2012. Edoardo Amaldi, a physicist described as the "father of Italian space research," will receive the honour in part for his role in founding the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO), and later ESA. ATV-1, named after author Jules Verne, launched in March 2008. The second, the "Johannes Kepler," is targeted to fly later this year.
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ATV Jules Verne operations team wins prestigious UK aeronautics prize

The UK's Royal Aeronautical Society has awarded its top Gold Medal Team prize to ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle operations team, in recognition of their achievement in operating ATV Jules Verne during its 2008 mission to the International Space Station.
The Gold Medal is conferred for work of outstanding achievement in aerospace.

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Europe's next space freighter - Johannes Kepler - is being built for a mission to re-supply the space station in 2010.

"It's clear from space history that often it was not the prototype that experienced the problems; it was the mission that came later. That's why specific attention has to be paid to what we do now" - Nico Dettmann is in charge of producing the European Space Agency's (Esa) next space freighter.

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Europe has taken the first step towards building its own manned spaceship.
The European Space Agency has asked industry to work out the requirements of the craft and its likely cost.
Known as the Advanced Re-Entry Vehicle, it would be developed in phases - first as an unmanned vessel to carry cargo, and then as an astronaut crew ship.

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Europe to study freighter upgrade
The European Space Agency is about to look in detail at how it might upgrade its space station freighter so it can return cargo safely to Earth.
At the moment, the Automated Transfer Vehicle is discarded after delivering supplies to the orbiting platform.
The agency will ask industry in the coming weeks to define the requirements for a far more capable ship.

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"Now that the European Space Agencys Jules Verne cargo carrier is parked 2000 km in front of the International Space Station, observers have a good opportunity to see both spacecraft in the evening sky" - amateur astronomer Till Credner.

On March 19th, 2008, he photographed the pair streaking over Hohenzollern Castle in southern Germany: The Jules Verne appears about four and a half minutes before the ISS and they follow the same track across the sky. Jules Verne vanishes in the east just as the ISS appears in the west.

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ESA's second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has been named Johannes Kepler after the German astronomer and mathematician. Europe's next unmanned logistics spacecraft is scheduled for launch to the International Space Station in mid-2010.

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Building on the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) in the new scenario the pressurised Integrated Cargo Carrier would be replaced by a cargo re-entry capsule, equipped with a heat shield and able to bring back hundreds of kilograms of cargo and valuable experiments. Such a project, named the Advanced Re-entry Vehicle (ARV), would use heritage from the Atmospheric Re-entry Demonstrator (ARD), which flew successfully in 1998, as well as the work done in the definition of past space transportation system concepts.
Credits: ESA TV.

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Europe's ATV - the Jules Verne - ended its first mission with a controlled break-up over the Pacific. Its developers are already thinking about the future of Automated Transport Vehicles, and hope to develop a craft that can not only return to earth intact, but can also carry a crew of astronauts.

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