Author Topic: Ariane V ES - ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi" Launch, Docking & APO - Mar-Sep, 2012  (Read 188734 times)

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ATV3 Edoardo will carry
    2,900 kg of prop for our engines
       860 kg of Russian propellant
       285 kg of Russian water
       102 kg of gas
    2,450 kg of dry cargo

In other words, a total of 6,960 kg of cargo for the ISS.

http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2011/11/10/dry-cargo-for-atv/

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An assembly milestone is reached with the Ariane 5 that will orbit Europe's next ATV

November 18, 2011 – Ariane Flight VA205

Basic build-up of the Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s upcoming mission with the no. 3 Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has been completed, as preparations continue for an early 2012 launch from the Spaceport to service the International Space Station.

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 was “topped off” this week with its vehicle equipment bay and EPS storable propellant upper stage, which were installed atop the core cryogenic stage that previously had been joined with the launcher’s two solid propellant boosters.

Ariane 5’s EPS upper stage is designed to be reignited during flight – a capability required in the mission profile to loft the ATV for its low Earth orbit rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Once the built-up Ariane 5 has finished the current phase of validation tests in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, it will be moved to the Final Assembly Building and delivered to Arianespace for installation of the ATV and the final operations leading to launch.

This latest ATV is named after Italian cosmic ray physicist Edoardo Amaldi and will carry cargo, water and propellant to the International Space Station.  It will be the third such resupply spacecraft launched by Arianespace, following missions this past February with ATV Johannes Kepler and in March 2008 with ATV Jules Verne.

The ATV is part of Europe’s contribution to the International Space Station’s operation.  It is produced in a multi-national team led by EADS Astrium, which also is the industrial prime contractor for Ariane 5.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2011/865.asp

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Europe's third Automated Transfer Vehicle is loaded with cargo for its 2012 launch by Arianespace


November 29, 2011 – Ariane Flight VA205

Cargo loading is underway in French Guiana for the no. 3 Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which is being readied for a 2012 launch from the Spaceport on Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 servicing mission to the International Space Station.
 
This ATV will carry an estimated 6,960 kg. of dry cargo, propellant, water and gas, with transfer operations to the spacecraft’s Integrated Cargo Carrier section now occurring inside the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation building.
 
The actual cargo mix of each ATV is defined according to the International Space Station’s needs prior to a launch of the resupply vessel to the crewed orbital facility. 

For the no. 3 ATV – which is named after Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi – the payload will consist of 2,900 kg. of propellant for its own propulsion system, 860 kg. of Russian propellant for the International Space Station’s engines, 285 kg. of Russian-supplied water, 102 kg. of gas (consisting of air, oxygen and/or nitrogen), and 2,450 kg. of dry cargo (composed of such items as food, clothing and spare parts).
 
The dry cargo is contained in special bags that are positioned on racks inside the ATV’s Integrated Cargo Carrier, with the locations calculated based on their contents and considerations for the resupply spacecraft’s center-of-mass determination.
 
Loading of the cargo is performed in clean-room conditions that meet standards for manned spaceflight, as the ATV becomes an integral part of the International Space Station while docked to the platform in Earth orbit. 

Prior to the ATV’s Ariane 5 launch by Arianespace in March 2012, its Integrated Cargo Carrier will be mated with the Service Module in French Guiana to form the complete vehicle.  The ATV’s unpressurized Service Module contains propulsion systems, electrical power, computers, communications and a majority of the vessel’s avionics.
 
The ATV is an important element of Europe’s contribution to the International Space Station’s operation, with program management performed by the European Space Agency.   Its series of resupply spacecraft is produced in a multi-national team led by the Astrium business unit of EADS, which also is the industrial prime contractor for Ariane 5.
 
Arianespace lofted the no. 1 ATV (named after Jules Verne) in March 2008, followed by its orbiting of ATV Johannes Kepler this past February.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2011/867.asp
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ATV-3 fact sheet.
http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2011/12/08/almost-all-about-atv-3/

Launch date: 9 March 2012
(as of 7 December 2011)
« Last Edit: 12/09/2011 12:54 AM by Fuji »

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Local wildlife checking out ATV-3 security...
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The Integrated Cargo Carrier section (at left) is hoisted for mating this week with the Service Module (partly visible at right) of Europe's no. 3 Automated Transfer Vehicle, which will be launched in March 2012 by an Ariane 5.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2011/vs02-success.asp

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Ariane 5 is prepared for its initial 2012 mission, which will orbit Europe's next Automated Transfer Vehicle

December 21, 2011 – Ariane Flight VA205

Arianespace is readying the first Ariane 5 for launch in 2012 from French Guiana following delivery of this heavy-lift workhorse yesterday at the Spaceport by its industrial prime contractor, Astrium.

The Ariane 5 ES vehicle is now in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building following its transfer from the Launcher Integration Building – where it underwent integration of its core cryogenic stage, solid propellant boosters, equipment bay and EPS upper stage.

This version of Arianespace’s workhorse heavy-lift launcher is now ready to receive its payload: the no. 3 Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) cargo resupply vessel developed by Europe for servicing of the International Space Station.

 The latest ATV is named after Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi and will carry an estimated 6,960 kg. of dry cargo, propellant, water and gas when it lifts off next March 9 from French Guiana.

Arianespace is entrusted with the orbiting of ATVs under contract to the European Space Agency.  The company lofted ATV no. 1 (named after Jules Verne) in March 2008, which was followed by the launch of ATV Johannes Kepler this past February.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2011/877.asp


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Moderator note: Duplicate ATV-3 threads merged.

And, we are now exactly L-2 months. :)
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The third Automated Transfer Vehicle is fueled for its March launch on Ariane 5
 

January 20, 2012 – Ariane Flight VA205

Fueling is underway for Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) at the Spaceport in French Guiana, which will be launched by Arianespace in March aboard an Ariane 5 on an International Space Station servicing mission.

This process is being performed in the S5B hall of the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, where the large cargo vessel was integrated and received its cargo.
 
Named after Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi, the ATV will carry a fuel load estimated at 6,060 kg.  Of this total, approximately 2,200 kg. is for use on the spacecraft’s travel to the International Space Station after launch by Ariane 5, and for the post-mission de-orbiting; some 3,000 kg. will be consumed in attitude control and re-boost maneuvers while the ATV is mated to the International Space Station; and the remaining 860 kg. is destined for transfer from the ATV to the station’s Russian portion.
 
Liftoff of the ATV Edoardo Amaldi is scheduled for March 9 from the Spaceport, carrying some 6,960 kg. of dry cargo, water, gas and propellant for delivery to the International Space Station.
 
Arianespace’s mission will follow Ariane 5 launches of ATVs in February 2011 and March 2008.  The ATV program is managed by the European Space Agency, with production of the spacecraft performed by an Astrium-led industry consortium.   

In separate activity, the cargo module for Europe’s fourth ATV, named after Albert Einstein, was transferred from its production location in Turin, Italy to Bremen, Germany on December 30 for final testing.  Shipment of the full ATV – consisting of the cargo section and service module – to French Guiana is expected in the second half of this year, for a launch on Ariane 5 targeted for early 2013.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2012/880.asp

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http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2012/01/25/atv-3-launch-and-docking-schedule/

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ATV-3 launch via Ariane flight VA205 is set for 11:00 CET, 9 March, followed by docking at 3:31 CET, 19 March. Note that these dates/times may shift.

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http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2012/02/01/last-minute-addition-to-atv-3/

Recycling urine: Last-minute cargo addition to ATV-3

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Updated ATV-3 docking time
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ESA’s Jean-Michel Bois sent in a brief update this AM. As of today, the forecast for ATV-3 docking on 19 March is 02:38 UTC (03:38 CET) +/- 45min.
http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2012/02/03/update-on-atv-3-docking-time/

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Europe’s ATV space ferry set for launch to Space Station
 
8 February 2012

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMRNPVX7YG_index_0.html

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Fuel, water, oxygen, air and most of the dry cargo have been loaded into ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle, Edoardo Amaldi, as the 9 March liftoff approaches.

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The vessel's mission is set to start with liftoff at 10:00 GMT (11:00 CET) on 9 March on a powerful Ariane 5 ES launcher. It will dock automatically with the Station at 01:38 GMT (02:38 CET) on 19 March, remaining attached until the end of August.

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ATV-3 assembly on Ariane
 
"On 7 February, ATV Edoardo Amaldi will be moved to the huge Vertical Integration Building for mounting on the top of its Ariane launcher two days later,"

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Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle is integrated on Ariane 5

February 9, 2012 – Ariane Flight VA205

The third European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) for launch by Arianespace was installed atop its Ariane 5 at the Spaceport today, marking one of the final steps in preparations for a March 9 liftoff on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.

Named after Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi, the ATV will carry dry cargo (including food, clothing, experiments and spare parts), along with water, gas and propellant for delivery to the crewed orbital facility.

This latest ATV flight in support of International Space Station operations will utilize an Ariane 5 ES version of Arianespace’s heavy-lift workhorse, underscoring the launcher’s flexibility in meeting a full range of mission requirements.

The launch of ATV Edoardo Amaldi follows Arianespace missions with Europe’s first two Automated Transfer Vehicles, performed in February 2011 and March 2008 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. 

An industry consortium led by Astrium produces the ATVs in a program managed by the European Space Agency. 

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2012/883.asp

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SpaceTweetup to highlight ATV mission
 
http://www.esa.int/esaHS/SEM8IF1YRYG_index_0.html

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ESA and the French space agency, CNES, are inviting 60 Twitter followers to a joint European SpaceTweetup in Toulouse, France, for the docking of ATV Edoardo Amaldi to the International Space Station next month.

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The Tweetup will take place at the CNES Toulouse Space Centre overnight during the docking of ATV-3, Edoardo Amaldi, set for 19 March at 04:05 CET. ATV missions are operated from the centre by a joint ESA/CNES team. 

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The application window is open now and closes on 26 February at 22:00 CET. The number of participants is limited to 60; all others will be placed on a waiting list. Selected applicants will be notified by email on 29 February.

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Application & further information

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/ATV/SEMFTF1YRYG_0.html



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Now L-2 weeks! :)

For those who aren't doing so already, check out the ESA ATV blog for insider updates: http://blogs.esa.int/atv
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ATV-3 is now encapsulated on top of the Ariane rocket ... we see you again when approaching the ISS... :)

Tonight in Kourou: lowering the huge Ariane 5 fairing over ATV-3

http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2012/02/27/tonight-in-kourou-lowering-the-huge-ariane-5-fairing-over-atv-3/

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An excellent series of images taken in the past few hours showing the work taking place this evening in Kourou’s BAF building, as the aerodynamic fairing is lowered over top of ATV-3.

These provide some of the final views of ATV-3 that we’ll see until its in orbit and approaching the International Space Station.

Many thanks to ESA’s Alberto Novelli for taking time to send these in!

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