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ATV 3 (Automated Transfer Vehicle 3) was launched from Kourou on 23 March 2012 at 04:34 UT by an Ariane 5 rocket. The craft docked with the International Space Station's (ISS) Zvezda service module on 28 March at 22:31 UT. The European robotic resupply ship weighed approximately 20 tonnes the heaviest rocket and spacecraft ever launched by Europe to date. It carried approximately 7000 kg of dry cargo; fuel; and oxygen. ATV 3, ESA's third ISS resupply mission, was named after the famous Italian physicist and spaceflight pioneer Edoardo Amaldi. The flight of ATV 3 is part of the internationally coordinated servicing effort to support the ISS. ATV 3 will remain in space for about 6 months, at which time it will enter into the Earth's atmosphere to dispose of up to 6.5 tonnes of Station waste.

Alternate Names

  • 38096
  • ATV3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-03-23
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 20000 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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