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Interior of ATV5 ready for undocking Credit: ESA/NASA

Update on ATV close-out

Tweet This sent in earlier this afternoon by ATV Cargo Operations Engineer Colleen Boggs at ATV-CC. This morning the ISS commander loaded the last bag into ATV – there is not much space left, they packed in tons...

ATV-4 reentry in 2013. Credits: ESA/NASA

ATV-5 reentry observation campaign

Tweet The ATV vessels deliver, amongst many other valuable items, scientific equipment to the ISS. But that’s not their only value to orbital research. On 27 February, during the reentry of ATV-5, the cargo vessel will contribute...

Mission update 9 January

Tweet Today marks just 34 days before ATV-5 undocking from the ISS and 47 days until re-entry. The mission is doing extremely well, and, as mentioned recently by our mission manager, Massimo Cislaghi, in an email: Georges Lemaître’s performance continues to be ‘EXCELLENT’. With the spacecraft in good shape, cargo off-loading and trash loading continue according to plans, while teams at ATV-CC are very busy preparing for undocking, a two-week free-flight phase, phasing for re-entry and finally, on 27 February, re-entry itself, which is shaping up to be a spectacular show (we’ll report on these upcoming activities in future posts here in the blog – Ed.). As last week ended, on 9...

ATV-5 Mission Manager 2/3 mission report – reentr...

Tweet ATV-5 mission manager Massimo Cislaghi sent us this informative update on ATV-5’s planned reentry that will take place next month: As promised with my previous mid-mission report of 7 November I come back to you for a short update, this time focusing on the preparation of the end of the mission, which also means (sigh …) the end of the entire ATV Programme. A novelty introduced for ATV-5’s docking was the LIRIS demonstration including a special ISS “fly-under”. With that finished we are now concentrating our efforts towards the implementation of another totally new operation during Georges Lemaître’s reentry, which deserves few words of background. When the International Space Station reaches...

Big Cargo Post 5.0

Tweet It is time for the Big Cargo Post 5.0 detailling what ATV-5 will be carrying to the International Space Station. Sadly this will be our last Big Cargo Post as this is the last ATV! From 30 June to 3 July, teams in Kourou conducted ‘Late Cargo Loading,’ a complex operation to load almost 1234 Kg of ‘late-load’ cargo into ATV Georges Lemaître vertically through the vessel’s hatch. The late load is so called as it comes after the main loading has already taken in Kourou, after the two sections of ATV arrived.

Diary from a space project : Feb 5

Tweet ESA’s Charlotte Beskow sent in her latest Kourou Diary update last night: a very nice review of the past incredibly busy week at Kourou – which included closing the hatch and lowering the fairing over ATV. Today’s post also contains some nice snaps of French Guiana seen from 1000m up!. Thanks Charlotte! D – 8 : The week in review Kourou, 5 February 2011 – Saturday Time flies… At the beginning of the week, we were back in ‘nominal’ mode, i.e. any of the delays had been recovered and the following Saturday–Sunday could be treated as ‘margin’. By Tuesday the margin was in play. But first things first: Last...