On April 3rd, the European Space Agency successfully docked their Automated Transfer Vehicle to the International Space Station!
TOULOUSE, France, April 3 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency's Jules Verne automated transfer vehicle spacecraft was successfully docked Thursday with the International Space Station.
The incremental docking procedure was completed at 10: 45 a.m. EDT, the first for an ESA spacecraft and the most demanding of seven planned ATV missions to resupply the space station, the ESA said.
The spacecraft's automated movements were ordered by controllers at the ESA's ATV control center in Toulouse, France, with assistance from National Aeronautics and Space Administration ISS controllers in Houston and Russian space agency controllers near Moscow.
- https://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/HAS/cirr/ss/4/5.cfm Good overview of various systems used aboard ISS
- New York Times article about the docking
- http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=5395 Good overview of the docking and ATV