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Arianespace Shifts ATV Mission, Launches Capital Injection
PARIS — Arianespace says it will launch the second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to the International Space Station (ISS) early next year, reserving the sixth and final 2010 Ariane 5 flight for a commercial mission.
Arianespace officials say the decision, made by the board of directors on Sept. 20, was based on preparation of ATV-2 taking longer than expected; it will not be ready until too late in the year for it to be “reasonably accommodated,” given the Christmas/New Year holiday period and strict French labor laws.