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Space Transportation: An ATV Perspective

The Erasmus Centre of the ESA Directorate of Human Spaceflight picked one of ESA's success stories -- the mission of Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) that was docked to the International Space Station (ISS) for 6 months - to highlight the complex physical laws behind handy space applications and driving current and future human exploration undertakings.Ronald Top flies the viewers of this 32 minute video over the hurdles of Orbital Mechanics, Propulsion and Satellite Navigation.Top's fresh and unpretentious approach are the main assets this DVD uses togain the attention of students all over Europe to space topics relevant to their curriculum. ATV is an ESA/HSO success story used as the "case study" for most of the Physics laws presented. Launch pads in French Guyana, Jules Verne`s house, a clock museum, ESTEC, the Bremen Drop Tower are some of the milestones in this journey through history and physics used to illustrate the basic principles of space travel.
Length: 32:15

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