Category Archives: ISS

All about the ISS, where ATV docks

Mission diary: post-docking happenings at ATV CC

After the flawless docking on 12 August, things certainly quietened down a bit at ATV CC, but our work was far from over. Editor’s note: Blog post contributed by ESA’s Charlotte Beskow  13 Aug Wednesday The crew entered the ATV … Continue reading

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ATV-5 delivers space joystick

NASA’s Space Station Live commentator Rob Navias talks with Dr. Andre Schiele, head of the European Space Agency’s telerobotics lab at ESTEC, about the Haptics-1 experiment that arrived at the International Space Station aboard ATV-5. The Haptics-1 study involves the … Continue reading

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Reboost test complete

Just received this from ESA Mission Director Thomas Beck, on console today at ATV-CC, Toulouse. The first reboost of the ISS by ATV-5 has been carried out successfully. The freighter’s main thrusters M1 and M3 were ignited today at 18:58:00 … Continue reading

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Replica of the International Space Station made of 221,000 matchsticks

Very, very impressive! That’s more matchsticks than Mt Everest is tall! Well done, Patrick Acton! An #ISS scale model… made from 243 000 matchsticks!? Our ATV Jules Verne is in there too! http://t.co/puuDf8RTja pic.twitter.com/tfeWHS0ZEr — ESA (@esa) August 13, 2014

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One more stunning photo to end a fabulous day! This one taken a few days back on 5 August when ATV-5 was still in free flight, but we hadn’t an opportunity to post it. Now that George Lemaître is docked … Continue reading

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ATV completes final automated docking

In a flawless demonstration of technology and skill, ESA’s fifth and final ATV, Georges Lemaître, docked with the International Space Station today, fixing itself firmly for a six-month resupply and reboost mission. The fully automated docking came at 13:30 GMT … Continue reading

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Time line charts for today’s rendezvous and docking

A set of detailed time line charts showing what happens when during rendezvous and docking today. These are a little technical, but will appeal to all the would-be spacecraft operations engineers out there (and, if you’re reading this blog, you … Continue reading

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Crew gets ready

And upstairs, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Sasha Skvortsov are getting ready to oversee today’s docking! Preparing to control docking of @ESA's #ATV5 space cargo freighter to #ISS today. Watch on http://t.co/uBE3DMHQAK pic.twitter.com/amQBWoBNiT — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) August … Continue reading

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Update from ATV-CC: Tonight’s manoeuvres complete – 22:11CEST

Update from ESA Mission Director Jean-Michel Bois at ATV-CC. The chase is on! Tonight’s three manoeuvres are complete. ATV-5 is now behind the ISS and ready to perform the rendezvous and docking on 12 August at 13:30 GMT (15:30 CEST). … Continue reading

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ATV-5 mission profile

An excellent video produced by our friends at CNES showing the entire ATV-5 mission profile, including the fly-under on Friday and the manoeuvres that take place today to bring ATV back below and behind the ISS (it’s now in front). … Continue reading

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