[Updated 12:16 CEST 6.05 – added the FHR version of this image from twitter]
At the ATV blog, we love Germany’s Fraunhofer institute. Back in the 1990’s they were instrumental in developing the MP3 music format and today they also sent us an amazing and useful Tracking and Imaging Radar (TIRA – operated by the Fraunhofer FHR institute) images of ATV-4 in flight.
You can clearly see ATV’s distinctive solar panels are deployed. The bright spot might correspond to the boom antenna, but it is too early to say for sure. More info on TIRA and the Fraunhofer institute in yesterday’s blog post.
(Scroll down for the FHR version of this image confirming prox link boom is deployed.)
— Fraunhofer FHR engl. (@Fraunhofer_FHRe) June 6, 2013