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Last earthly view of ATV-4

Final on-Earth view of ATV Albert Einstein as the aerodynamic fairing is lowered over top of the vessel, Friday 24 May. Next time we see it will be just prior to docking! Thanks, Daniel Guyomard from the ATV team in Kourou.

Encapsulation of ATV-4 at Kourou Credit: ESA/D. Guyomard

Encapsulation of ATV-4 at Kourou Credit: ESA/D. Guyomard

 

Encapsulation of ATV-4 at Kourou Credit: ESA/D. Guyomard

Encapsulation of ATV-4 at Kourou Credit: ESA/D. Guyomard

Goodbye to ATV-3 (for now…)

A brief note came in last night via Alberto Novelli (Mission Manager for ATV-4) in Kourou. He spoke with ESA's Laurent Brothier, working on the ATV-3 Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) team at Kourou.

Last night, Arianespace workers completed installing the Ariane 5 fairings on top of ATV Edoardo Amaldi. Laurent took part in the operation, which included only one ESA representative (plus one from Astrium--maker of the ATV vessels as this is a hazardous activity - Ed.). Laurent explains:

Ariane 5's aerodynamic fairing almost settled into place over ATV-3 Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

Ariane 5's aerodynamic fairing almost settled into place over ATV-3 Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

It was really impressive to see the long Ariane 5 fairing appear all of a sudden from the BAF (Batiment d'Assemblage Final) chimney [lift]. We had just completed the last inspections of ATV-3 in the morning and the vessel was ready to be encapsulated.

When looking then inside the fairing, the impression was that--compared to ATV dimensions--even it would be too small!! After few minutes the large crane positioned this big piece of hardware on top of the ATV, and the Arianespace operators started to release it with extreme precision for several meters, up to 30 centimetres from the interface to the launcher--wow! That was fast!

For the last few centimetres, the fairing was very precisely positioned, until it gently stopped in its final position.

The final operation was fixing and tightening 420 bolts all around the launcher

I said 'Goodbye' to ATV--until we see it soon on the ISS screens!!


Tonight in Kourou: lowering the huge Ariane 5 fairing over ATV-3

An excellent series of images taken in the past few hours showing the work taking place this evening in Kourou's BAF building, as the aerodynamic fairing is lowered over top of ATV-3.

These provide some of the final views of ATV-3 that we'll see until its in orbit and approaching the International Space Station.

Many thanks to ESA's Alberto Novelli for taking time to send these in!

One of the final views on Earth of the ATV-3 nose cone Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

One of the final views on Earth of the ATV-3 nose cone Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

Ariane 5's huge fairing about to be lifted into place over ATV-3 Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

Ariane 5's huge fairing about to be lifted into place over ATV-3 Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

ATV-3 ready for fairing lowering in Kourou Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

ATV-3 ready for fairing lowering in Kourou Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

Ariane 5 fairing being slowly lowered over ATV-3 in Kourou. Credit: ESA

Ariane 5 fairing being slowly lowered over ATV-3 in Kourou. Credit: ESA

 

Ariane 5's aerodynamic fairing almost settled into place over ATV-3 Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

Ariane 5's aerodynamic fairing almost settled into place over ATV-3 Credit: ESA/A. Novelli

TV monitor view of Ariane fairing encapsulating ATV-3 in Kourou Credit: ESA

TV monitor view of Ariane fairing encapsulating ATV-3 in Kourou Credit: ESA

 

Ariane 5 fairing seen via TV monitor, now lowered over top of ATV-3 Credit: ESA

Ariane 5 fairing seen via TV monitor, now lowered over top of ATV-3 Credit: ESA