Georges Lemaître ATV

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Georges Lemaître ATV
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator European Space Agency
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type ATV
Manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space
Thales Alenia Space
Launch mass 20,293 kilograms (44,738 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date July 29, 2014
Rocket Ariane 5ES
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Epoch Planned
Docking with ISS
Docking port Zvezda Aft
Docking date August 12, 2014
Undocking date October 3, 2014
Cargo
Mass 100 kilograms (220 lb)
Pressurised 2,683 kilograms (5,915 lb)
Fuel 860 kilograms (1,900 lb)
Gaseous 100 kilograms (220 lb)
Water 848 kilograms (1,870 lb)
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The Georges Lemaître ATV, or Automated Transfer Vehicle 005 (ATV-005), is a European unmanned cargo resupply spacecraft, named after the Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaître.[2] The spacecraft was launched during the night of 29 July (23:44 GMT, 20:44 local time, 30 July 01:44 CEST),[3] 2014, on a mission to supply the International Space Station (ISS) with propellant, water, air, and dry cargo. It is the fifth and final ATV to be built, following the Albert Einstein, which launched on 5 June 2013. Georges Lemaître was constructed in Turin, Italy, and Bremen, Germany. Cargo loading was completed in Guiana Space Center on 23 July 2014.[4]

Georges Lemaître was launched on an Ariane 5ES rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch was conducted by Arianespace on behalf of the European Space Agency. This is the final planned launch of the Automated Transfer Vehicle.

Artist Katie Paterson is sending an artwork to the International Space Station aboard ATV-5.[5][6][7]

Mission payload[edit]

Georges Lemaitre is ferrying 6.6 tonnes of experiments, spare parts, clothing, food, fuel, air, oxygen and water to the ISS.[4] In addition to the usual cargo ATV-5 will perform 2 experiments:

LIRIS (Laser InfraRed Imaging Sensors) is a new autonomous rendezvous sensor set that will allow future ships to dock with uncooperative targets, like debris or sample capsules - Georges Lemaître will use a demonstration version of it instead of standard optical sensors bouncing light off the reflectors around ISS docking port.[8]

Break-Up Camera will record ATV in infrared as it breaks up performing atmospheric reentry above Pacific Ocean. After recording is completed reinforced SatCom capsule doubling as a black box will begin transmitting data to one of the Iridium satellites through the gap in plasma behind the vehicle. Signaling will continue as SatCom goes below 40 km altitude and plasma is no longer formed to ensure all of the gathered data is transferred.[8]

Haptics-1 will be the first force reflecting Joystick to be used in space. The Haptics-1 joystick communicates in real-time with a space qualified tablet PC (Dell Latitude 10) to allow astronauts to perform a range of seven physiology experiments.[9]

ATV missions[edit]

Designation Name Launch date ISS docking date Deorbit date Sources
ATV-001 Jules Verne 9 March 2008 3 April 2008 29 September 2008 [10][11]
ATV-002 Johannes Kepler 16 February 2011 24 February 2011 21 June 2011 [12][13]
ATV-003 Edoardo Amaldi 23 March 2012 28 March 2012 4 October 2012 [14][15][16][17]
ATV-004 Albert Einstein 5 June 2013 15 June 2013 2 November 2013 [18][19][20][21]
ATV-005 Georges Lemaître 29 July 2014 12 August 2014 3 October 2014 [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lanzamiento del ATV-5 Georges Lemaître (Ariane 5 ES)". 
  2. ^ "Fifth ATV named after Georges Lemaître". Feb 16, 2012. Retrieved Feb 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Arianespace Flight VA219; Ariane 5 ES – ATV 5: Launch scheduled for Tuesday, July 29". July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Fifth ATV named after Georges Lemaître". 25 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2014/07/16/big-cargo-post-5-0
  6. ^ http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2014/07/28/katie-paterson-to-launch-artwork-into-orbit/
  7. ^ http://news.artnet.com/art-world/meteorite-sculpture-will-be-international-space-stations-first-artwork-67923
  8. ^ a b "ATV-5 set to test new rendezvous sensors". 18 March 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Touchy-Feely joystick heading to space station". Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Multi-Program Integrated Milestones" (PDF). NASA. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "European Cargo Ship Begins Maiden Space Voyage". Space.com. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Europe's second cargo freighter to fly in December". Spaceflight Now. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "One-day delay of final shuttle launch makes room for ATV". Spaceflight Now. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Third ATV named after Edoardo Amaldi". ESA. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Europe's third cargo vehicle docks with the Space Station". ESA – ATV. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Deorbit burns set for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning". ESA ATV blog. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mission accomplished for ATV Edoardo Amaldi". Space-Travel.com. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "ATV-4 scheduled for summer liftoff". ESA. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Mission brochure – ATV Albert Einstein". ESA. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Europe's largest spaceship reaches its orbital port". ESA. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "A fiery end to a perfect mission: ATV Albert Einstein". ESA. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  22. ^ http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2014/07/22/arianespace-flight-va219-ariane-5-es-atv-5-launch-scheduled-for-tuesday-july-29/

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