Author Topic: Ariane V ES - ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi" Launch, Docking & APO - Mar-Sep, 2012  (Read 188633 times)

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ATV-3 set to provide ESA's annual service to Space Station

ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Edoardo Amaldi, is ready for launch on an Ariane 5 to the International Space Station on 9 March from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The liftoff at 10:05 GMT (11:05 CET) will be covered live from Kourou for broadcasters and on the web, and followed at launch events around Europe.

ATV Edoardo Amaldi follows the two highly successful supply missions carried out by ATV Jules Verne in March 2008 and ATV Johannes Kepler in February 2011.

ATV-3 is named after the Italian physicist and spaceflight pioneer Edoardo Amaldi. A founding father of the European Space Research Organisation - precursor of ESA - and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Amaldi is famous for being part of the group that discovered slow neutrons.

This third vessel in the ATV series is the first to have been processed and launched within the target rate of one per year.

This marks the start of ATV as an annual production-line supply vehicle for the Space Station, positioning Europe as an essential partner in operating the orbital outpost.

The next ATVs, Albert Einstein and Georges Lemaître, will follow in 2013 and 2014.

The spaceship will deliver essential supplies and propellant as well as reboost the Station's altitude.

At more than 20 tonnes, the highly sophisticated spacecraft is the heaviest payload ever launched by Europe. It combines an autonomous free-flying platform, a manoeuvrable space vehicle and - when docked - a Space Station module.

To achieve an automated docking under the very tight safety constraints imposed by human spaceflight rules, ATV carries high-precision navigation systems, highly redundant flight software and a fully independent and autonomous collision-avoidance system with its own power supplies, control and dedicated thrusters.

About 10 m long and with a diameter of 4.5 m, ATV incorporates a 45-cubic metre pressurised module and a Russian docking system, similar to those used on the Soyuz manned ferries and the Progress supply ships.

With its solar wings deployed, ATV spans 22 m. Almost three times larger than Russia's Progress, it can also deliver about three times the cargo load.

Propellant and cargo for the Station

ATV is the largest supply ship to travel to the International Space Station since the US Space Shuttle fleet was retired last year. ATV-3 will deliver 4395 kg of propellant, oxygen, air and water to the Station.

Once docked, the propellant will be used by ATV's own thrusters to raise the Station's orbit periodically to compensate for the natural decay caused by atmospheric drag.

ATV can also be used to move the Station out of the way of potentially dangerous space debris that come too close to the manned space complex.

Before leaving the Station, Edoardo Amaldi will be filled with waste bags and unwanted hardware by the crew.

It will then be deorbited over the southern Pacific Ocean to burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere.

Astrium is the industrial prime contractor, leading a team of more than 30 contractors in 10 European countries. The ATV Control Centre is located in Toulouse, France, on the premises of the French Space Agency, CNES.

For more information about ATV please visit http://www.esa.int/ATV/

Notes for Editors

The launch video transmission will be available live on www.esa.int

Background media briefings

In France, a pre-launch media encounter will be held in cooperation with the national space agency, CNES, on 6 March.

In Spain, a pre-launch media encounter will be held at ESAC, on 9 March,  the day of the launch. More information is available at http://www.esa.es/

Launch events

Launch events will be organised at the main ESA establishments in France (ESA HQ, Paris), Germany (ESOC, Darmstadt), Italy (ESRIN, Frascati), the Netherlands (ESTEC, Noordwijk), and Spain (ESAC, Madrid).

Media wishing to attend are invited to contact:

- ESA HQ: [email protected]
- ESOC: Nicola Gebers, [email protected], +496151902516
- ESRIN: [email protected]
- ESTEC: [email protected]
- ESAC: [email protected]

In addition, in Germany, in cooperation with DLR and EADS Astrium, a launch event for the launch will take place at the Astrium facilities in Bremen.  Media willing to attend must register at : [email protected]

More information about the event can be obtained by contacting EADS Astrium Communication, Kirsten Leung at +49 4215 395326.

Due to security reasons it is necessary to identify yourself by a valid ID-Card or Passport. Press cards will not be accepted.

Material for online news sites

The launch video transmission will be available for all interested online media as an embeddable livestream at http://www.livestream.com/eurospaceagency/

Online media outlets can find background videos at:
- ESA online video archive: http://multimedia.esa.int/
- Broadcast standard (MPEG 2) on the FTP server at: http://television.esa.int/default.cfm

Still images

The latest high-resolution still images can be found at:
- Multi-Media Gallery: http://www.esa.int/esa-mmg/mmghome.pl
- ESA's Photo Library for Professionals: http://www.esa-photolibrary.com

Media image queries can be directed to [email protected]

Material for broadcasters

Leading up to launch day, ESA TV will be providing broadcasters with a series of video news releases and B-rolls featuring all aspects of the mission.

The launch will be transmitted live from Kourou via satellite. All details can be found on ESA TV's site at: http://television.esa.int/

For further information, please contact:

ESA Media Relations Office
Communication Department
Tel: + 33 1 53 69 72 99
Fax: + 33 1 53 69 76 90
Email: [email protected]

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The initial Ariane 5 for launch in 2012 completes its final assembly

March 1, 2012 – Ariane Flight VA205

Arianespace’s heavy-lift Ariane 5 for the orbiting of Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is now complete following installation of its payload fairing – marking an important step as final preparations continue for the March 9 mission from French Guiana to service the International Space Station.

Integration of the 17-meter-tall launch vehicle component – which is designed to protect the ATV payload during its initial ascent through the atmosphere – was handled this week at the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building.

Europe’s third ATV is named after Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi, and it will carry dry cargo, water, gas and propellant for delivery to the crewed orbital facility. The mission’s total lift performance is some 20,000 kg., including the ATV’s mass of more than 19,700 kg.

Utilizing an Ariane 5 ES version, the March 9 mission will lift off from Europe’s Spaceport at approximately 7:00 a.m. local time in French Guiana, based on the timing required for its rendezvous with the International Space Station. The precise moment is to be determined during the launch readiness review scheduled three days earlier (March 6). This review – which is held prior to each Arianespace mission – also will clear the way for Ariane 5’s rollout to the ELA-3 launch zone on March 7.
 
The Ariane 5’s mission with ATV Edoardo Amaldi is to last just over one hour, and it will include two burns of the launch vehicle’s EPS storable propellant upper stage – separated by a 42-minute ballistic coast phase.

This upcoming flight will follow Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launches of ATVs in February 2011 and March 2008.  The ATV program is managed by the European Space Agency, with the spacecraft’s production performed by an Astrium-led industry consortium.


http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2012/886.asp
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A reliable source on the French Space forum confirms that the launch is delayed to the end of march, because of a technical issue on the ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi".

http://www.forum-conquete-spatiale.fr/t12677p30-atv-3-edoardo-amaldi-preparatifs
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A reliable source on the French Space forum confirms that the launch is delayed to the end of march, because of a technical issue on the ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi".

http://www.forum-conquete-spatiale.fr/t12677p30-atv-3-edoardo-amaldi-preparatifs

An ATV problem or a cargo problem?


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Press Release
N°07-2012

Paris, 2 March 2012

A routine inspection has concluded that additional measures are required to ensure the maximum readiness of the third Automated Transfer Vehicle for launch. It has therefore been decided to postpone the launch previously scheduled for 9 March.

A new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.

The launch of ESA’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) is part of the internationally coordinated servicing effort to support the International Space Station.
More information on ATV is available at http://www.esa.int/esaMI/ATV/index.html


For further information, please contact:
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Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99

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I was told ATV-3 launch is postponed to March 22-23, its docking - to March 27-28.

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I was told ATV-3 launch is postponed to March 22-23, its docking - to March 27-28.

Ughh...thanks anik
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Working an article. Loose strap, needs reconnecting (and thus access to the ATV) is the cause we're told. NET March 23 (plus or minus - concur with Anik). Launch date may be coming later today.

Loose strap reminds me of a shuttle pre-launch issue. Anyone remember?
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Working an article. Loose strap, needs reconnecting (and thus access to the ATV) is the cause we're told. NET March 23 (plus or minus - concur with Anik). Launch date may be coming later today.

Loose strap reminds me of a shuttle pre-launch issue. Anyone remember?

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The head of ESA in Russia Rene Pishel has told me that ATV-3 docking will be on March 28-29. He has confirmed the March 22-23 launch date and problem with cargo in ATV-3.


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http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2012/03/02/ready-to-go-and-then-murphy-never-sleeps/#more-4592

"Delay

1 Mar, Thursday: Our Quality Review Board (QRB) discuss a problem related to the late cargo loading that was identified a couple of days earlier. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and when seen a problem, no matter how late it is identified, it must be addressed.

The available plans of action range from ‘launch as is’, to ‘stop and fix the problem’. It all comes down to a proper risk assessment of the consequences of (a) doing nothing and (b) doing something.

After careful analysis and lengthy discussions, the decision is taken to rectify the problem, even though it means re-opening ATV’s hatch — and this when the vessel has already been encapsulated.

This, in turn, will require removal of the fairing and re-installation of mechanical elevator (the LCAM) to allow an operator to descend into ATV. All of this takes time and — with regret — the ESA Mission Manager, Massimo Cislaghi, is obliged to announce a launch delay.

Even with this delay, at this time, we expect we can meet the ATV docking window that runs to the end of March.

To quote the famous Tiger Woods advertising campaign that used to be seen in Schiphol airport (Not anymore! – Ed.) — the one of a golfer standing in a thicket with grass up to his knees and addressing the golfball: “This is not a setback, it is a challenge.”

Stay tuned…

– Charlotte"

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Just the other week, in another thread I was saying that ATV is the only vehicle that hasn't experienced problems/delays recently. I guess I jinxed it. :(

Attachment 1 below shows the interior of the ATV-3 Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC). You can see that, in addition to the eight Integrated Light Racks (ILRs) arranged circumferentially around the ICC, all of which contain Cargo Transfer Bags (CTBs), there are also some larger bags (M-01 bags) mounted to adapter plates, which are in turn attached to the Aft-Port and Aft-Starboard ILRs.

If the problem is with a strap, then there are two types inside ATV - ones that hold CTBs into the ILRs (see attachment 2), and ones that hold the large M-01 bags onto the adapter plates (see attachment 3).

Now, if we want to venture into speculation country - and I stress that the following is my thoughts only - then this could have something to do with the late load of the Fluids Control Pump Assembly (FCPA). This was a very challenging late load item due to its size, and it was the first time such a large item had been late loaded (you can read all about the challenges associated with the load in the ESA ATV blog here).

Given that this was a never-before-performed operation with such a large, challenging item, it's possible that the loose strap could be associated with this. However, it's important to stress that it could indeed be any strap, anywhere inside ATV-3.

Either way, they'll now have to remove the fairing, set up the Late Cargo Access Means (LCAM), open the hatch, go inside and fix the strap, close the hatch, re-flush the ATV atmosphere with ultra-clean air, dismantle the LCAM, and re-install the fairing.
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Please change the date in the header of this topic to March 22-23, 2012!

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New dates expected for ATV-3 launch and docking

There should be a formal confirmation early next week, but for now it looks like the new launch and docking dates for ATV-3 are expected to be:

• Launch – 23 March 2012 (04:31 GMT)
• Docking – 28 March 2012 (22:51 GMT)

As always, these dates and times are subject to change and delay.

http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2012/03/03/new-dates-expected-for-atv-3-launch-and-docking
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Something I don't understand.

Finding a problem that needs to be fixed? Ok.
This problem requiring de-installation of the fairing and entry into ATV? Ok.
This being a loose strap and it taking two weeks to tighten it? Ok

But... how is it possible that they find out about a loose strap after all kinds of other stuff (like closing the ATV, mating it to the Ariane 5, and installing the fairing) have already happened? If a strap is loose, then why didn't somebody say 'hey I've got to tighten this strap before we do all these other things!'

What am I missing?
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