Category Archives: ATV-5

Can this be squeezed in here? Loading ATV-5 with waste

Charlotte Beskow sends an update on one of the last steps for ATV-5… loading it with rubbish. The mission is going well and the past few weeks in December and January have been more or less “normal” work. I write … Continue reading

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Shining light on ATV

Matt Quail asked us a question via Twitter to @esaoperations based on last week’s ATV fuel consumption article: @esaoperations do you need the yaw manoeuvres because the solar panels are fixed, and you need to be nose-to-Sun the whole time? … Continue reading

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ATV5: putting the brakes on the ISS

A concise update just in from Jean-Michel Bois, the ESA Mission Director at ATV-CC working on today’s ATV propulsive support. We have been asked to use ATV-5 to decrease – a little – the ISS altitude, by around 1 km. A … Continue reading

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ATV-5 undocking preparations in Russia

ATV Operations Support and Russian Interfaces Manager, Regina Mosenkis,  from Airbus, works closely with the Russian Control Centre during ATV missions. She sent us this update on preparations for ATV-5 undocking: With less than three weeks until ATV-5 undocks from … Continue reading

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Something rare in the air

A quick update this morning from our ATV-5 Mission Manager, Massimo Cislaghi. On Friday evening, 17 January, the ISS crew noticed a bad smell inside the ATV cabin. The crew ‘closed the door’ (shut the ATV hatch, which normally remains … Continue reading

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ATV-5 mission report #37

The folks at ATV Control Centre in Toulouse supplied another mission report on ATV Georges Lemaître, three weeks before its undocking. Unloading of water, fuel and air is either finished or almost. With engineering precision the update lists cargo unloading … Continue reading

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Got questions? We have answers

We saw a question yesterday in Twitter from someone, and now we can’t find the tweet. But we did note down the query: .@esaoperations why won’t there be more ATVs? What will replace their capabilities? Thanks. Regardless of their source, … Continue reading

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Mission update 9 January

Today marks just 34 days before ATV-5 undocking from the ISS and 47 days until re-entry. The mission is doing extremely well, and, as mentioned recently by our mission manager, Massimo Cislaghi, in an email: Georges Lemaître’s performance continues to … Continue reading

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ATV-5 Mission Manager 2/3 mission report – reentry plans

ATV-5 mission manager Massimo Cislaghi sent us this informative update on ATV-5’s planned reentry that will take place next month: As promised with my previous mid-mission report of 7 November I come back to you for a short update, this … Continue reading

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ATV-5: Europe’s heaviest-ever payload

Looks like our favourite spaceship, ATV-5, weighed in as Europe’s heaviest-ever payload! The vessel was launched on 29 July 2014 at 23:44 GMT, with a mass of just over 20,245 kilograms. Thanks, Arianespace! One more record in 2014: #ATV5 was … Continue reading

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