The European Space Agency launched on Sunday the most compound and determined aircraft in its history: the Automated Transfer Vehicle (TAV).The Ariane quickly soar through the clouds of Kourou. This device, while mission is to supply the International Space Station (ISS), out into space from the launch base in Kourou, French Guiana.
The output of the VAT-named Jules Verne was confined to the O4: 03 GMT powered by the Ariane5 rocket.
Docking with the ISS will not occur until early April. The VAT, unmanned vehicle can transport up to 7.5 tons of cargo and for six months will undertake functions such as collecting the ISS waste accumulates.
Speaking to BBC Alan Thirkettle, head of ESA programs, the Jules Verne described as "a fusion between a satellite and a spacecraft."In his words, the vehicle "is a very complex spacecraft. European industry has had the opportunity to develop new technologies and new techniques as a result of the creation" of the device.
It is "one of the most important missions" undertaken by the ESA.
Meanwhile, quoted by Reuter’s news agency ESA representative in Spain, Vicente Gomez said that this is one of the most important missions ever for the European agency. He said the Jules Verne will be "fundamental" for the maintenance and operation of the Space Station.
Among the plans of the ESA is further development of the VAT so that in the future can be used as a vehicle for returning astronauts from the ISS.