We are really pleased today to share some great news: a downloadable archive of ESA's ATV blog, spanning the ATV-2 to -5 missions, 2011-2015, is ready to go.
This is Big News for everyone (like us!) who followed the ATV missions.
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As you know, we put a great deal of effort into this blog and worked hard to obtain updates from the engineers at the ATV Control Centre, the mission managers, the project team and the extended network of teams from industry and ISS partners involved in the ATV programme. Over the years, the blog developed into a valuable – and, for some types of information, unique – record of what happened at every stage of each mission.
Some of the blog posts refer to activities and events that weren't recorded in any other public channel, and many include images, comments, quotes or updates from individuals on the ESA and CNES mission team that simply were not captured in any other channel.
The ATV blog archive is a unique record of the real-time drama and excitement that unfolded as Europe's cargo vessels conducted their ISS resupply missions.
The blog was followed closely by many colleagues in ESA and CNES as well as by external media as it was often the fastest and best way for us to share news of real-time developments, particularly short-notice debris avoidance manoeuvres or minute-to-minute progress of each automated docking.
In fact, the blog archive has been integrated into the official mission archive that the ATV team at Toulouse and ESTEC are compiling as a reference for future programmes.
We hope that current and future generations of spaceflight enthusiasts (aren't we all?) will find the archive useful and we'd like to thank the team at Atanar Technologies, especially Jean-François Maeyhieux, for the extensive work they put in to create the archive.
Links and full download instructions after the jump.