Update from ESA Mission Director Mike Steinkopf on console at ATV-CC for hatch opening today.

After nominal inter-hatch pressurization and leak check, the ISS hatch and the ATV hatch are open. Crew will start now with the initial Ingress activities and will then install the Russian scrubber equipment for additional filtering of ATV air volume for a duration of about 6h35 min.

This will finish the first Ingress activities of today. Tomorrow, final Ingress activities will start, which finally allows crew to have access to the ATV cargo bags.

Best regards,

– Mike Steinkopf

And this just reported by ESA’s Lionel Ferra at ATV-CC as part of the Engineering Support Team: