Astro Samantha & Cosmo Sasha complete ATV-5 training
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev completed their training on ATV-5 docking/undocking at ESA's European Astronaut Centre today. Congrats to both!
The two were undergoing training because they will serve as the crew members who oversee the undocking of ATV-5.
A relaxed, post-test view of the Exp41/42 crew, ESA ATV instructors (x4), Russian instructors from GCTC (1 for the ISS, 1 for Soyuz/ATV) and -- of course -- 1 translator. Photo was taken after today's successful rendezvous/docking and undocking exams. Credit: ESA
ESA's Alexander Gerst will oversee docking of ATV-5, in Spring 2014, together with Russia's Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov (Can we call this the 'Triple Alex' docking? - Ed.), while Samantha together with Alexander Samokutyaev will undock ATV-5 in Autumn 2014
Sasha Samokutyaev took part in the undocking of ATV-2 in 2011, and he also saw the undocking of the last Shuttle, STS-135, from the ISS. Sasha is truly the 'specialist of the 'lasts'...'
Herewith, a few photos of ATV-2 undocking, cargo inspection by Sasha within ATV-2, and Sasha seen with STS-135 through the port from the Russian Service Module nadir window.
ATV-2 in orbit. Credit: ESA/NASA
Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev in ATV-2. Credit: ESA/NASA
Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev with last Shuttle. Credit: ESA/NASA
Fabulous tribute to ATV Albert Einstein from the crew in space
Update today from ESA's astro Luca and the crew of the ISS, celebrating the famous photo of Albert Einstein with his tongue stuck out. Fun in Zero G as ATV Albert Einstein departs Station!
Goodbye Einstein: undocking replay
The Expedition 37 crew on board the ISS said goodbye to ATV Albert Einstein on 28 October 2013, with separation taking place at 09:55 CET.
The ATV-4 undocking was controlled by the joint ESA/CNES mission operations team at the ATV Control Centre, Toulouse, France. A controlled, destructive re-entry is planned for 2 November.
Video courtesy NASA
ATV-4 undocking live via NASATV
Watch ATV-4 undocking live via NASA TV on Monday, 28 October. Coverage starts at 09:45CET. Undocking is set for 09:59CET. (Scroll down for today's blog updates beneath the video player.)
Live streaming video by Ustream
Volare inflight event for ATV Albert Einstein
From the International Space Station, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano paid tribute to the European Automated Transfer Vehicle Albert Einstein during a live event with universities in Italy, Germany and Israel on 24 October 2013.
The ATV-4 resupply vehicle arrived at the station in June, delivering more than 7 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Space Station crew. It will undock on 28 October and deorbit for a destructive entry back into the Earth's atmosphere over an uninhabited part of the Pacific Ocean.
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 of steps that will prep the ESA cargo vessel for departure followed by a controlled destructive re-entry on 2 November. Egress and final hatch closure are set for Friday, 25 October, at 16:00 CEST.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano explains ATV while speaking to students at universities in Italy, Germany and Israel during an in-flight call 24 October 2013. Credit: ESA/NASA
Note as always: All dates/timings below are forecast only and are subject to change as this is a continuing, dynamic mission. Time below indicated in UTC. (more…)
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 direct communication between ATV and the ISS. It's usually kept stowed as it's not needed when ATV is attached.
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.
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. 28 after more than four months at the station. Like Cygnus, the ATV-4 will be de-orbited for a fiery demise over the Pacific Ocean.
Attached to the Harmony node, the first Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp., in the grasp of the Canadarm 2, is photographed by an Expedition 37 crew member on the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA
The departure of ATV-4 will clear the way for Nyberg, Parmitano and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin to relocate their Soyuz 35 from its docking port on the Rassvet module to the newly vacated Zvezda port on Nov. 1.
Full report via NASA
Cygnus docking delayed
Next attempt for Cygnus docking is planned for Tuesday, 24 September.