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Winner 10 years of ATV competition

Tweet Before Orion’s European Service Module was ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) that flew five missions to the International Space Station bringing cargo, fuel, oxygen and boosting the Station to higher orbits, at the end of each...

The Great Library of Alexandria, O. Von Corven, 19th century

ATV blog archive now available

Tweet We are really pleased today to share some great news: a downloadable archive of ESA’s ATV blog, spanning the ATV-2 to -5 missions, 2011-2015, is ready to go. This is Big News for everyone (like us!)...

ATV-5 departs the Station. Credits: NASA

ATV parking lights

Tweet This ATV blog is in the process of being archived and going into retirement but great questions are still coming in that we feel obliged to answer. In response to our “ATV-made in USA” post Marcin...

ATV Control Centre is switched off.

ATV-CC decommissioning: Going, going…

Tweet Formatting, disconnecting and – Hop! – dismantled! Decommissioning the ATV Control Centre, especially the Main Control Room, is a long task, with a bit of nostalgia. The operation will last two to three months. A team...

ATV in numbers

Tweet Another great recap of the five ATV missions from France’s space agency CNES… in numbers. This infographic in French gives an impression of the scale of running a spacecraft programme, below is a rough translation, without...

ATV Control Centre web documentary

Interactive book on ATV Control Centre

Tweet Our friends at France’s space agency CNES have published an excellent interactive book on ATV seen through the eyes of the ATV Control Centre. From the first signatures in 1995 to the last command sent, the...

R-4D thruster. Credits: Aerojet

ATV: Made in America

Tweet Even though the last of the ATVs, Georges Lemaître, ended its mission last month we still have one more country to finish our ‘ATV-Made-in’ series: the United States of America. American company Aerojet supplied ATV’s large...

@BigArtimon “Georges Lemaitre up to Ottignies, Belgium sat. feb.14th 2015@18h11 TU”

Last goodbyes: ATV-5 seen from Earth – a tribute ...

Tweet Update 2: Finally got round to posting everything today. Apologies for the delay. Due to overwhelming participation and the decision to give everybody a little something, we distributed the prizes randomly. Some will receive but an...

Last screen shown at the ATV control centre before being switched off.

ATV forever

Tweet This was the last image shown on the ATV Control Centre’s main screen after the last reentry ever of an Automated Transfer Vehicle. The technology in ATV will go to space again in 2017 on NASA’s...

Great view of ATV-5 smoke trail

Tweet And on board the ISS, astro Terry also grabbed an amazing photo of ATV-5 reentry! Final view #ATV5 Georges Lemaître entering Earth’s atmosphere. It was surprising to see how high the smoke trail was. —...

Rentry from space: ATV-5 seen from ISS

Tweet ATV-5 seen from space just prior to its destruction: Thanks for a great photo from the ISS, Astro Sam! Good bye #ATV5! Arrivederci ATV5! — Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) February 15, 2015

ATV-5 and International Space Station over Saxony, Germany. Credits: Alex Spiller

ATV-5’s Big Dive

Tweet Animation of what’s happening this evening, as ATV-5 reenters, thanks to CNES. Désamarrage et rentrée atmosphérique de l’ATV-5 from CNES on Vimeo.

In this image, the ESA and CNES mission control teams are seen in the foreground, preparing for ATV-5 undocking. In the background, ESA's Engineering Support Team and industry experts can be seen. Out of view to the left: the CNES flight dynamics experts. ATV-5 undocking is set for 14:44 CET, 14 Feb 2015. Credit: ESA

ATV-CC voice loop: thanks to Houston & Moscow

Tweet Audio recording of the post-undocking voice loop conversation between ATV-CC Toulouse and the flight directors at Houston and Moscow. ATV-CC sends thanks and signs off after an extremely successful ATV programme.

Ralf Vandeberg via email: “I took this last Friday but in very turbulent windy conditions” Radar image

ATV-5 seen docked to Space Station

Tweet Very nice image acquired 13 February by Ralf Vandebergh, in The Netherlands. Ralf writes: I took this last Friday but in very turbulent windy conditions. It was impossible to obtain an image of the ISS that...

ATV-5 ground track over Western Europe, 15 February 2015 - on its final orbit before reentry; ATV moves from left to right (West to east); times annotated in GMT. CET = GMT+1

Spotting ATV-5 Sunday evening

Tweet First: A sincere thank you to everyone who spotted ATV-5 last night, Saturday, 14 Feb, and shared their pictures during the last, best, overflight above Western Europe, between about 18:10-18:16 GMT. We saw some wonderful photos...

Artists impression of ATV-5 breakup and reentry. Credits: ESA-D. Ducros

What happens on Earth when ATV reenters?

Tweet This is a repost of our 2013 interview with Holger Krag, head of ESA’s Space Debris Office, at ESOC,  ESA’s Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany, during the ATV-3 reentry. His description of the planning and precautions...


ATV-5 undocking timelapse

Tweet This great timelapse was made from images taken by NASA’s Terry Virts while ESA’s Samantha Cristoforetti and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sasha Samokutyaev where monitoring ATV-5’s departure: