13 Feb '11, 3am

Europe set for landmark launch with robot freighter (via ST iPhone App)

PARIS - A ROBOT freighter is poised to blast into the skies on Tuesday in the heftiest liftoff in Europe's space programme that will also bring its tally of launches to a historic 200. Designed to supply mankind's outpost in orbit, the Johannes Kepler will be hoisted by an Ariane 5 ES super-rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff is pencilled for 2208 GMT. A successful mission will boost the case for scientists who want the ATV to be the template of a manned spacecraft, placing ESA on an equal footing with the United States, Russia and China. With a mass of more than 20 tonnes, the payload is the biggest ever taken aloft by the European Space Agency (ESA). It is a monster compared with the 1.6-tonne test satellite launched in 1979 by Ariane 1, the pencil-thin trailblazer in ESA's exploration of space. The unmanned supply ship is scheduled to navigate by starlight toward...

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