Category Archives: ATV-5

ATV parking lights

This ATV blog is in the process of being archived and going into retirement but great questions are still coming in that we feel obliged to answer. In response to our “ATV-made in USA” post Marcin asked: What’s the configuration … Continue reading

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Interactive book on ATV Control Centre

Our friends at France’s space agency CNES have published an excellent interactive book on ATV seen through the eyes of the ATV Control Centre. From the first signatures in 1995 to the last command sent, the web documentary covers five … Continue reading

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ATV: Made in America

Even though the last of the ATVs, Georges Lemaître, ended its mission last month we still have one more country to finish our ‘ATV-Made-in’ series: the United States of America. American company Aerojet supplied ATV’s large 490-N thrusters. Each ATV … Continue reading

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ATV’s internal camera delivered data, but not images

A prototype ‘blackbox for spacecraft’ running inside ESA’s cargo ferry as it burned up in the atmosphere managed to return data to the ground but, sadly, the images it took were lost in transit. ESA’s fifth and final Automated Transfer … Continue reading

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More images of ATV’s last flight – from Slovakia

While we wait for news from the Break-Up Camera we received more amazing pictures of ATV-5 in space via our blog contact form – thanks Marian!  Your invitation to send images of ATV-5 has me caught up now, but I … Continue reading

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Last goodbyes: ATV-5 seen from Earth – a tribute gallery

Update 2: Finally got round to posting everything today. Apologies for the delay. Due to overwhelming participation and the decision to give everybody a little something, we distributed the prizes randomly. Some will receive but an ATV-5 sticker, some will … Continue reading

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Great view of ATV-5 smoke trail

And on board the ISS, astro Terry also grabbed an amazing photo of ATV-5 reentry! Final view #ATV5 Georges Lemaître entering Earth’s atmosphere. It was surprising to see how high the smoke trail was. — Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) … Continue reading

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Rentry from space: ATV-5 seen from ISS

ATV-5 seen from space just prior to its destruction: Thanks for a great photo from the ISS, Astro Sam! Good bye #ATV5! Arrivederci ATV5! — Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) February 15, 2015

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Last ATV reentry leaves legacy for future space exploration

ESA’s fifth automated cargo ferry completed its mission to the International Space Station today when it reentered the atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. The end of the mission came as the … Continue reading

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Final deorbit boost complete

ATV Georges Lemaître has been sent towards Earth for its controlled reentry after completing its second and last deorbit burn. The 23.3-minute burn reduced the spacecraft’s speed by 322.56 km/h and set it heading for its fiery end. Imagine sending … Continue reading

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