Arianespace flight VA219 (ATV 5): Launch scheduled for Tuesday, 29 July

With the completion of complimentary verifications and control measures associated with the Ariane 5 ES launcher, Arianespace has set the date for its Flight VA219 mission for Tuesday, 29 July.

Liftoff of the launch vehicle is now scheduled at:

20:44:03, local time in Kourou, French Guiana on July 29,
19:44:03 in Washington D.C. on July 29,
23:44:03 UTC on July 29,
01:44:03 in Paris on July 30, and
03:44:03 in Moscow on July 30

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Last days of relative inactivity…

Notice how neat every console looks. All is ready and the teams are waiting

Notice how neat every console looks. All is ready and the teams are waiting

This might be some of the last images of an unmanned ATV Control Centre. If the OK is given tomorrow evening then the dress rehearsal (RG) will be planned for Thursday 24 July. Soon this control centre will be very busy.
A suivre...
Charlotte

 

 

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Arianespace flight VA219: launch delayed

In order to proceed with complementary verifications on the Ariane 5 ES launch system, Arianespace has decided to delay the VA219 launch for a few days.  This mission with ATV 5 “Georges Lemaître” had been scheduled for July 24.

A new launch date will be announced next week.

Via Arianespace

 

 

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New ATV-5 images from Kourou

ATV-5. Credits: ESA–M. Pedoussaut, 2014

ATV-5. Credits: ESA–M. Pedoussaut, 2014

ATV-5 on in the Final Assembly Building. Click here for more.

 

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ATV’s fiery break-up to be seen from inside

Artists impression of ATV-5 breakup and reentry. Credits: ESA-D. Ducros

Artists impression of ATV-5 breakup and reentry. Credits: ESA-D. Ducros

Over on the ESA Space Engineering website, a full-length article on ATV-5's reentry camera: As ESA’s remaining supply ferry to the International Space Station burns up in the atmosphere, its final moments as its hull disintegrates will be recorded from the inside by a unique infrared camera.

An ESA-led team designed and developed the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Break-Up Camera in just nine months in order to make it on board in time.

Working at breakneck pace, the team designed, built and tested both the camera and the Reentry SatCom capsule to work like an aircraft-style ’black box’ to store images, then transmit them to Earth after the vessel’s break-up via an Iridium satellite link.

Read more....

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Big Cargo Post 5.0

All OK! Credits: ESA

All OK! Credits: ESA

It is time for the Big Cargo Post 5.0 detailling what ATV-5 will be carrying to the International Space Station. Sadly this will be our last Big Cargo Post as this is the last ATV!

From 30 June to 3 July, teams in Kourou conducted ‘Late Cargo Loading,’ a complex operation to load almost 1234 Kg of ‘late-load’ cargo into ATV Georges Lemaître vertically through the vessel’s hatch.

The late load is so called as it comes after the main loading has already taken in Kourou, after the two sections of ATV arrived. Continue reading

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ATV-5 launch in miniature

ATV-5 launch date is rapidly approaching on 25 July in most timezones but Holger Voss recently launched the Ariane 5ES launcher that will lift Georges Lemaître to the International Space Station, albeit it a 1:50 scale model.

Great work Holger! The model includes the correct launcher-fairing for extra realism. In fact the video is so realistic that it immediately reminded us of the ATV-4 launch, without the French Guiana sunset of course. What do you think?

Screenshot of miniature launch.

Screenshot of miniature launch.

ATV-4 launch

ATV-4 launch in 2013. Credits: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2013

Head over to Volker's blog for more information about his scale-model launches.

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Backing a winning team

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and cosmonaut Sasha Skvortsov did a check of the ATV control panel in preparation for the spaceships arrival in August. Alexander was wearing his German national football team shirt that went on to win the World Cup yesterday. Alexander has a knack for supporting winning teams...

 

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ATV education challenge

screenshotFor ATV’s final flight this year, ESA is releasing five educational videos based on the five visionaries that lent their name to Europe’s space freighters. Jules Verne, Johannes Kepler, Edoardo Amaldi, Albert Einstein and Georges Lemaître form the inspiration to explain the principles of physics for young and old.

Presented by Anu Ojha, the series offers teachers a good basis to introduce schoolchildren to concepts such as Kepler’s laws of planetary motion as well as special and general relativity.  Accompanying these videos are also a new set of resources that ESA education is producing: Teach with Space, a large set of demonstrations and teacher guides intended to bring the excitement of space into the classroom to inspire the next generation.

Win limited edition box sets

ATV education box set

ATV education box set

The films and demos will be made available through ESA’s video channels during the course of ATV-5’s mission but ESA is also producing a limited-edition DVD box set with all five films, pins and patches from each ATV mission and a booklet. The ATV blog has 5 of these sets to give away, to decide who gets these the ATV – education challenge was created.

The premise is simple: send us your own video demonstration of a lesson. Upload your video explaining and demonstrating a curriculum relevant law of physics, chemistry, or biology and its relevance to space.  The best five videos will be sent their box-set at the end of the deadline, 31st October 2014.

The editors decision is final, but points will be awarded for originality, professionalism, educational value, public opinion and humour always helps. Ideally the demonstrations should be practical to recreate in a classroom or outside safely, but if you happen to have an MRI scanner in your garage and think you can use it to demonstrate the existence of dark matter, by all means send it in.

How to play

Upload your video to your sharing service of choice such as YouTube or Vimeo and post its link in the comments to this post before 31 October. That is it! The only rule is that ESA employees and family cannot take part. The winners will be contacted through this blog.

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Cargo loading update from Kourou

These photos and brief comments sent in earlier today by Kristen MacDonell, ESA's ATV cargo engineer on site in Kourou where late cargo loading for ATV-5 is in full swing.

Monday, 30 June: Late Cargo Access Means (LCAM – the hoist system that lowers cargo into ATV) installation, hatch opening and first rack partially loaded

Microbial sampling of the hatch before opening

Microbial sampling of the hatch before opening. Credit: ESA

Microbial sampling of the hatch before opening. Credit: ESA

Opening the hatch

Opening the hatch on ATV-5 in Kourou for late cargo loading. Credit: ESA

Opening the hatch on ATV-5 in Kourou for late cargo loading. Credit: ESA

Operator entering the ATV using the LCAM lift

O. Credit: ESAperator entering the ATV using the LCAM lift

O. Credit: ESAperator entering the ATV using the LCAM lift

View from inside ATV looking up at the hatch.  The operator was ready for the first cargo bag. Credit: ESA

View from inside ATV looking up at the hatch. The operator was ready for the first cargo bag. Credit: ESA

View from inside ATV looking up at the hatch. The operator was ready for the first cargo bag.

Tuesday (1 July): Loading of all 4 racks

The first rack complete! Credit: ESA

The first rack complete! Credit: ESA

The first rack complete!

Today (3 July): inspection of racks and installation of adapter plates. If possible we will also start loading the bags on the rack front on the adapter plates.

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