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ESA ATV-4 Automated Transfer Vehicle Official Embroidered Patch

ESA ATV-4 Automated Transfer Vehicle Official Embroidered Patch

Patch measures approx 90mm x 90mm

ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein

ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein

Official ATV-4 now available, ATV-4 could only be released following the successful launch of ATV-3.

ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein in 1921
 

 
 

 
With ATV Johannes Kepler in space and ATV Edoardo Amaldi almost built, the next Space Station supply craft coming off the production line has been named after the most famous scientist of all time: Albert Einstein. Launch is expected in early 2013.
 
With relativity and E=mc2, Albert Einstein is a major icon of 20th century science.

His theories have been stringently tested in space and his work is used to guide spacecraft to other planets – and now he will fly into orbit. ESA has decided to name the fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) after Albert Einstein.

 
 

ATV-2 docking on 24 February 2011
   
ATV-2 docking with ISS on 24 February 2011
 

ATVs are an essential contribution by Europe for supplying and maintaining the International Space Station.

The vessels are named after great European scientists and visionaries to highlight Europe’s deep roots in science, technology and culture.

Naming ATV-4 after Albert Einstein, as proposed by the Swiss delegation to ESA, reflects this approach. Einstein’s contributions to humanity and, in particular, science overturned our perception of the Universe.

ATV is also strongly linked to Switzerland: its structure is built by Swiss industry.

 
 

Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955
   

 

World citizen with roots in Switzerland
 
Albert Einstein was born in 1879 in Ulm, in Germany, but studied and spent his early career in Switzerland.

His job at the patent office in Bern gave him time to develop his revolutionary ideas. His annus mirabilisof 1905 – year of wonder – saw him publish four fundamental scientific papers on the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity and the equivalence of matter and energy.

In 1908 he moved to an academic career in Bern and went on to Zurich, Prague, Berlin and, finally, after emigration to the USA before World War II, Princeton University.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. He died in the USA in 1955 at the age of 76.

 
 
Next two ATVs on production line
 

Pressurised module of the ATV-4
 
Pressurised module for Albert Einstein
 

After launching ATV Johannes Kepler to the Space Station this February, ESA plans to maintain a steady cadence of one vessel per year.

The next, Edoardo Amaldi, is already assembled and is being tested in Bremen, Germany. ATV-3 will be shipped to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in August for dispatch to the Station in February 2012.

 
 

Equipped External Bay of the ATV-4
   
Equipped External Bay of the ATV-4
 

The three main parts of ATV-4 are being built. The Integrated Cargo Carrier, designed to carry water, gas, refuelling propellants and dry cargo, is in Turin, Italy, and will be shipped in December to Bremen.

The Equipped Propulsion Bay, housing the engines and propellant tanks, is built in Bremen.

The Equipped Avionics Bay – ATV’s ‘brain’ – will be mated at end of the year with the propulsion section.

The plan is to launch Albert Einstein to the Station at the beginning of 2013.

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March 25, 2012 Posted by | ESA, international space station, ISS, Space Patches, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

ESA ATV-3 Automated Transfer Vehicle Official Embroidered Patch

ESA ATV-3 Automated Transfer Vehicle Official Embroidered Patch

Patch measures approx 90mm x 90mm

Official ATV-3 patch now available, ATV-4 could only be released following successful launch of ATV-3, please see next post.

ESA ATV-3 Automated Transfer Vehicle Official Embroidered Patch
ATV-3: Edoardo Amaldi


ESA's ATV3 is steadily coming together in Bremen
 
ATV-3’s cargo carrier
 

3 March 2010
 
The third ATV, to be launched to the ISS in early 2012, is named after famous Italian physicist and spaceflight pioneer Edoardo Amaldi.
 

The Italian space agency, ASI, proposed naming ATV-3 after the Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi (5 September 1908 – 5 December 1989).

“He started working in nuclear physics with Enrico Fermi, did pioneering work in the field of cosmic rays and in the new field of particle physics, becoming an Italian reference character in nuclear science,” said Enrico Saggese, President of ASI.

“Amaldi was one of the few who in the post-war years prompted action ultimately leading to the founding of ESRO, and later ESA.”
 
 

 

ESA's third ATV vessel is named Edoardo Amaldi
   
Edoardo Amaldi, 1908-1989
 

Father of Italian space research
 
Edoardo Amaldi was a leading figure in Italian science in the 20th century, particularly in fundamental experimental physics.

In Rome, in the 1930s, Amaldi was a member of a group of young Italian scientists: the Via Panisperna boys (‘I ragazzi di Via Panisperna’), who, led by Enrico Fermi, made the famous discovery of slow neutrons, which later made possible the nuclear reactor.

He contributed to nuclear physics in the 1930s and 1940s and to cosmic rays and particle physics afterwards.

At the beginning of the 1950s, Amaldi was one of the founding fathers of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and from 1952 to 1954 he was Secretary General of CERN’s provisional organisation.

He then became a pioneer in the experimental search for gravitational waves in the 1970s.

It is largely thanks to his drive that Italian physics emerged from the slump following the Second World War.

Amaldi’s concern for peace, and his strong feeling for the responsible role that the scientific community should play in this respect, was always a natural complement to his unshakable belief in the open nature of science and the need for international cooperation.
 
 

 

ESA's ATV3 is steadily coming together in Bremen
   
ATV-3’s avionics bay being delivered
 

“Italy is a key European country in our participation to the International Space Station partnership. By naming the ATV-3 after Edoardo Amaldi we celebrate a great Italian, but also a committed European who understood the importance of pooling resources and minds together to achieve important results,” said Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight.

“We are paying tribute to a visionary mind, to a great scientist but also to an idea of cooperation that is also embodied in the International Space Station partnership.”
 
 

“The ATV is the first recurring production of an exploration spacecraft and places Europe a step closer to our partners. I am glad that Italy is taking so much pride in their participation in the ISS which is a recognition of their human and industrial capabilities.”

March 25, 2012 Posted by | ESA, Hubble Space Telescope, international space station, Space Patches | , , , | Leave a comment