This just in from ESA’s Charlotte Beskow in Kourou for today’s dress rehearsal:
Yes, both Nico Dettmann and I will be on console. We are monitoring overall ATV status as well as the planned activations on the ATV vessel and at ATV-CC Toulouse. We also check to see that we receive readiness confirmation form our ISS partners. We will receive updates from the DDO (launch range director) and CM (mission director) here at CSG (Centre Spatial Guyanais) on facilities and launcher preparations and readiness.
When ATV is activated, we will see live telemetry on screen flowing from Johannes Kepler. At CSG and at all down-range stations, everyone is active and taking part – just like on launch day, D0.
After today’s dress rehearsal, the overall configuration of the ground systems at CSG will be frozen – no more changes allowed! It is great to be at this stage. — Charlotte