New date set for Europe's resupply mission to ISS

Mar 05, 2012
An Ariane-5 rocket blasts off in 2011 from the European space centre at Kourou, French Guiana. Flight controllers have set March 23 for the launch of a European supply ship to the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency told AFP on Monday.

Flight controllers have set March 23 for the launch of a European supply ship to the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency told AFP on Monday.

The robot freighter -- the third in the series -- was to have been hoisted this Friday aboard a heavy-lift , bringing six tonnes of fuel, water, oxygen and dry cargo to the ISS.

Mission managers delayed the flight last week to carry out further checks.

The ship is a hi-tech craft capable of navigating by the stars and docking autonomously with the manned outpost in space.

It has been named after a 20th-century Italian physicist, Edoardo Amaldi.

Lift off is scheduled for 0431 GMT, the agency said in a press release.

The supply ship will be docked to the ISS for six months, providing extra room for its astronauts and occasional boosts to the station to rectify orbital decay.

Laden with rubbish, the craft will then detach and burn up in Earth's atmosphere in a controlled destruction.

Explore further: SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Europe honours Einstein with space freighter

May 26, 2011

The fourth of Europe's robot freighters, due to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2013, has been named after Albert Einstein, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

European space freighter poised for suicide plunge

Jun 17, 2011

A European freighter will be destroyed by atmospheric burn-up next week after completing its supply mission to mankind's orbital outpost, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Friday.

Russian cargo ship docks with ISS

Jul 29, 2009

A Russian cargo ship, launched Friday from the Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan, docked Wednesday with the International Space Station, the Russian news agency Interfax said.

Russia postpones next manned launch to ISS

Sep 16, 2011

Russia on Friday said the next manned launch taking astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) would take place two days later than previously announced, on November 14.

Recommended for you

SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight

3 hours ago

A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again.

Amazing raw Cassini images from this week

21 hours ago

When Saturn is at its closest to Earth, it's three-quarters of a billion miles away—or more than a billion kilometers! That makes these raw images from the ringed planet all the more remarkable.

Europe launches two navigation satellites

21 hours ago

Two satellites for Europe's rival to GPS were lifted into space on Friday to boost the Galileo constellation to six orbiters of a final 30, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

SpaceX gets 10-year tax exemption for Texas site

22 hours ago

Cameron County commissioners have agreed to waive 10 years of county taxes as part of an agreement bringing the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches to the southernmost tip of Texas.

Voyager map details Neptune's strange moon Triton

Aug 22, 2014

(Phys.org) —NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager's historic footage of Triton has been "restored" ...

User comments : 0