Green to go: ATV-5 in nominal orbit

Quick update from the mission director here at ATV-CC: After today’s successful, if a little sad, undocking, ATV Georges Lemaître is in nominal status, in free-flight orbit beneath and ahead of the ISS. The vessel is functioning as expected, and the team here will maintain it more or less as is until tomorrow’s reentry manoeuvres (we’ll update the blog timeline a bit later with details). Ground controllers will conduct a few minor in-flight procedures, including one Solar Array Drive Mechanism (SADM – What’s a SADM?) cleaning.

Tomorrow’s reentry activities for the operations teams start at 12:29 CET, with impact expected around 19:12 CET. More details to follow.

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