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2014 July 29: launch ATV-5
2015 Jan 26: DC8 upload
2015 Feb 14: ATV undock
2015 Feb 24: DC8 deploy
2015 Feb 27: ATV re-entry


Jay Grinstead (NASA Ames) - NASA project manager
Holger Krag (ESA, SDO) - ESA project manager
Stefan Loehle (U. Stuttgart) - European science team lead
Peter Jenniskens (SETI Inst.) - DC8 Project Scientist

NASA - Jessica Culler
ESA - Daniel Scuka

Research library

+ ESA ATV-5 news website
+ NASA ISS Office
+ ESA Space Debris Office
+ NASA Orbital Debris Program Office
+ NASA Ames Research Center

+ ATV-1 Reentry Observing Campaign

Mission: A multi-instrument airborne campaign to monitor the shallow reentry of ESA's 5th, and final, Automated Transfer Vehicle over the south Pacific ocean to better understand the physics of the end of life International Space Station de-orbit and the physics of shallow uncontrolled reentries.


February 6, 2015 - INT2 installed today. TERAS upload ongoing. The upload schedule for next week (a 4-day work week for the DC8 crew):
+ Mo Feb 9 - TERAS installation completed, OMIT+AHI rack instruments unpack
+ Tu Feb 10 - OMIT + AHI installation completed, FIPS/SLIT rack instruments unpack
+ We Feb 11 - FIPS/SLIT installation completed, SIRHEM+NIRSJV arrive and unpack
+ Th Feb 12 - AUS installation completed

February 6, 2015 - Also like to pass on this message from Holger Krag, Head of the Space Debris Office at ESA, who writes: "Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for the many extra hours of work performed in order to make this campaign happen. I know that everybody works beyond his limits in these days in a constant struggle with a demanding schedule to tackle, technical, safety, organisational and contractual aspects. I see enormous dedication with everybody!"

Jason Hatton February 6, 2015 - Greetings from Jason Hatton, formerly the ESA ATV Reentry Observation Campaign mission manager for ATV-1 (a role now taken by Stefan Loehle). Hatton now is head of the Biology and Environmental Monitoring Science Unit of the ISS Utilisation and Astronaut Support Department at ESA. He writes: "I hope everything is going well with the mission preparation - the photo's on the website look great! Sorry I have not been able to help in any way with your mission, but I'm sure you are on a good track & have an excellent team. In any case best of luck & I'm looking forward to seeing some excellent results."

February 5, 2015 - NASA announced that the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will undock from the International Space Station on Tuesday February 10, ahead of the ATV undock on February 14. The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to have a 10-minute deorbit burn about 5 hours after leaving the station at about 7 pm, and reenter over the Pacific Ocean about 700 km off the coast of Baja California around 7:44 pm.

HSIM installation

February 4, 2015 - TERAS upload has started. The HSIM and ECHELLE installations were completed. CEFIR did its first tracking tests on hangar lights.

February 4, 2015 - Yesterday, the downloaded telemtry of ATV triggered a series of alarms. The ESA ATV blog reported that a quick analysis of the data showed that one of the four power chains had stopped working. Redundant configurations had been activated as planned and the prognosis is that ATV-CC can continue performing all planned ATV operations. [More]

February 3, 2015 - Today was all about safety. Pilots did their proficiency training. The DC8 aircraft took to the sky for a shakedown flight to confirm that the new window frames and dropsonde port were functioning, that the windows were properly sealed, and that the aircraft was properly balanced with the newly installed instruments in place. From now on, the weight of all new cameras installed will be carefully measured.

Communication tests

February 2, 2015 - "Can you hear me now?" Today, the last of the optical windows were installed and the aircraft was taken to the tarmac for communication tests. We called ATV Control Center in Toulouse, France, and they called us. In tests coordinated by Laurent Arzel of ESA, it was confirmed that we can communicate over the INMARSAT and Iridium satelite networks by voice and internet. The protocols for data transfer were tested. David Van Gilst and Lori Losey (picture bottom center) now also succeeded in streaming video over INMARSAT, seen both at NASA Ames and ATV-CC. In the weeks to come, these tests will be repeated when the aircraft is in the air and on location.

[Archive - Upload week 1: Twilight and CEFIR install]
[Archive - Phase I: Preparations]

SETI Institute logo Curator: Peter Jenniskens
Responsible NASA Official: Jay Grinstead
Responsible ESA Official: Holger Krag

Last update: July 27, 2014

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