Category Archives: ISS

All about the ISS, where ATV docks

All good missions must come to an end

This year, the ATV team has planned a special departure. After undocking at 09:00 GMT on 28 October, Albert Einstein will be instructed by the ATV Control Centre in Toulouse, France, to perform a series of delicate manoeuvres over the … Continue reading

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ATV hatch closing complete

This in from Mike Steinkopf at ATV-CC on the completion of today’s hatch-closing activities. The depressurization and the leak check were successfully performed this evening and further operations will be performed during the week-end in order to be ready for … Continue reading

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ATV-4 ready for hatch closure – set for 16:10 CEST

This information was provided by ESA’s Mike Steinkopf, Mission Director on console at ATV-CC for today’s hatch closing. ATV-4 is ready for today’s hatch closure, which is planned at 16:10 CEST. Before hatch closure, the crew will remove various equipment – … Continue reading

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Mission report 24 October

The IMMT – the ISS Mission Management Team (IMMT), the coordinating body comprising all ISS partner agencies (ESA, NASA, JAXA, CSA, Roscosmos/RSC-E) – has given the ‘go’ for ATV-4 undocking, set for Monday 28 October. This marks the start of a series … Continue reading

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Final station reboost complete

Update from ESA’s Thomas Beck at ATV-CC on today’s reboost, the last planned reboost of the ATV-4 mission. At 13:03 CEST, ATV-4 used two of its main engines, OCS1 and OCS3, to lift the ISS into a higher orbit. After … Continue reading

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ATV-4 set to lift the Station tomorrow

Details on tomorrow’s planned reboost for the ISS – the final one in the ATV-4 mission – from ESA’s Thomas Beck at ATV-CC. The reboost on Thursday [24.10] is planned to generate a modest delta-V (change in speed) of about 0.6 … Continue reading

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ATV-4 communications equipment ready for undocking

The Proximity Communications Equipment (PCE) was unpacked and set up in the Russian Service Module (SM) on 17 October by Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov. The PCE transponder is linked to an external antenna on the SM and provides … Continue reading

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NASA TV to cover ATV-4 undocking

Now in the NASA TV schedule: Coverage of the 28 October undocking of ATV Albert Einstein, Automated Transfer Vehicle 4, from the ISS. Undocking scheduled at 9:59 CET. Programme runs 9:45-11:00 CET. via NASATV  

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Preps for Cygnus departure marks start of high-traffic season on ISS

Meanwhile, Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov installed and connected a control panel to monitor the departure of the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4), which is set to undock from the aft port of the Zvezda service module on Oct. … Continue reading

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Mission report 11 October

Happening in space (and on Earth!) this week: 15 October: Second run of undocking training 17 October: Cargo transfer 17 October: ATV Proximity Communications Equipment (PCE) installation on board ISS 18 October: Cargo transfer 19 October: PCE test between ISS … Continue reading

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