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ATV 2 (Automated Transfer Vehicle 2) was launched from Kourou on 16 February 2011 at 21:51 UT by an Ariane 5 rocket. The craft docked with the International Space Station's (ISS) Zvezda service module on 24 February at 15:59 UT. The European robotic resupply ship weighed approximately 20 tonnes making it the heaviest Ariane payload to date. It carried 1,600 kg of equipment and other dry supplies, 998 kg of rocket propellant for the station's thrusters and 100 kg of oxygen for the station's crew. There is also 4,853 kg of propellant stored aboard the ATV 2 craft itself to help boost the space station's orbit from time to time. ATV 2, named after the famous German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, is the second flight of Europe's ATV system. The ATV will be the biggest space station resupply craft after the shuttle's retirement, placing it in a crucial role to keep the ISS laboratory operating. ATV 2 is scheduled to remain docked to the ISS for 96 days, however, the 96 day docked mission is classed as under review and will be evaluated as the mission progresses, and extended if necessary.

Alternate Names

  • 37368
  • ATV2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-02-16
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

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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