A collection of five videos dedicated to Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV). ATVs are expendable, pressurised unmanned resupply spacecraft developed by the European Space Agency (ESA). They are designed to supply the International Space Station (ISS) with propellant, water, air, payloads, and experiments. They can also reboost the station into a higher orbit.



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ATV – Jules Verne

The book, From the Earth to the Moon written by Jules Verne, describes firing the explorers from a canon to reach the Moon. This video explores Newton’s equation for gravitational force and how these forces change over distance. Anu Ojha explains how the International Space Station is in freefall, and how this...

ATV – Johaness Kepler

This video explains the historical context of observations and the different models of the solar system, that led to Kepler’s theories of elliptical planetary orbits. Both the Copernican and Ptolemaic models required the use of epicycles to explain retrograde motion. Kepler spent six years developing his three...

ATV – Amaldi

The physicist Edoardo Amaldi was instrumental in the development of CERN and of ESRO, which eventually became the European Space Agency. One of the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV) is named after him. This video focuses on the low Earth orbit radiation environment and cosmic rays. The...

ATV – Albert Einstein

With the aid of animations, in this video, Anu Ojha explains Einstein’s theory of Special and General Relativity. Special Relativity tells us that the speed of light is constant, and therefore the measurements of space and time will change from the perspective of different observers. General Relativity tell us...