Ground teams in Kourou, French Guiana, and ATV-CC, Toulouse, France, and several other locations are busy preparing for ATV-4’s mission. Meanwhile in space…
The Proximity Communications Equipment for Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), used for close proximity communications between the ISS and the ATV, was installed inside the Russian Service Module, including installation of its proximity communications box, an antenna switching control box, control panel, hand controller as well as connecting up relevant cabling.
Subsequent connection testing was successful.
Editor’s note: The image shows ESA astronaut André Kuipers training in 2011 to install the PCE communications equipment in the ISS.