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Jules Verne



Jules Verne, also known as ATV 1, is ESA's first automatic transfer vehicle that was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou at 04:03 UT on 09 March 2008. The 11 tonne, 10.3 m x 4.5 m craft can transport 9 tonnes of cargo and dock automatically (like the Russian Progress) with the International Space Station (ISS). The maiden flight remained a "free-flyer" until the undocking of STS 123 on 27 March. It successfully demonstrated the ability to reach ISS within 3.5 km with the help of GPS transmissions, and, in another attempt, to reach within 11 m with the help of laser ranging. These demonstrations earned the approval by the ISS managers to make an actual docking with the Zvezda module of the ISS on 03 April 2008. It will remain docked for six months until undocking, deorbiting and burn out. Three more ATVs are under construction.

Alternate Names

  • 32686
  • ATV 1
  • JulesVerne

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2008-03-09
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 11000 kg

Funding Agency

  • European Space Agency (International)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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