ATV-1 during approach to ISS

ATV-1 during approach to ISS (Credit: ESA/NASA)

A big day for the ISS Expedition 30 crew today as they await the delivery of new supplies with the arrival of ATV Edoardo Amaldi. The docking of the third European Automated Transfer Vehicle is scheduled for 00:33 CEST (22:33 UT).

ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his Russian crewmate Oleg Kononenko will monitor the cargo spacecraft from inside the Russian Zvezda module as the ATV manoeuvres towards the aft end of the ISS.

A full docking timeline is available in the ATV blog.

ATV Edoardo Amaldi carries into orbit some 4395 kg of fluid cargo, including fuel, water and gas, and 2201 kg of dry cargo including food, equipment, experiment hardware and personal items for the crew.

Follow the ATV-3 docking live on the ESA Portal, coverage starts at 00:00 CEST (10:00 UT).