Category Archives: ISS

All about the ISS, where ATV docks

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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Today’s manoeuvres complete – update from ATV-CC 07:08 CEST

ESA Mission Director Thomas Beck at ATV-CC sent in this report earlier this morning. Today’s set of manoeuvres has been completed successfully (details below). After the fly-under on Friday, these manoeuvres lifted ATV today above the ISS in order to … Continue reading

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Astro Alex describes ATV arrival for US media

A great Q&A session between ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and US media! He talks about the Rosetta mission, amongst other topics. Alexander is onboard the International Space Station at a member of the Expedition 40 crew and is living and … Continue reading

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ATV-5 seen from ISS: More great pictures

We’ve just received several more excellent photos of last night’s flyunder, showing ATV-5 just 7 km below the ISS. Photos were taken by the crew during closest approach.      

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Recording success: ATV flyunder complete

Update from LIRIS project engineer Olivier Mongrard from ATV-CC. ATV-5 flew as expected within 7km below the ISS during the evening of Friday/Saturday, 8/9 August, and the telemetry received from the LIRIS cameras was good. A total of almost 2 … Continue reading

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