Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Space Travel News .

Europe's Fifth and Final Resupply Ship Launches to Station
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2014

Europe's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle launches on time from Kourou, French Guiana.

The European Space Agency's (ESA) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) launched Tuesday atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:47 p.m. EDT. The ATV-5 will take a two week trip to the International Space Station docking to the Zvezda service module on Aug. 12 at 9:43 a.m. with 7 tons of science, food, fuel and supplies.

The ATV-5 is named after the 20th century Belgian astronomer, Georges Lemaitre, who first proposed the expansion of the universe and applied Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity to cosmology.

En route to the station, the Georges Lemaitre will pass 3.9 miles beneath the space station Aug. 8 so European flight controllers can test new rendezvous sensors. Engineers may use the new sensors in the design and manufacture of future European spacecraft. After the "fly-under", the ATV-5 will pass in front, above and behind the station for the final four days of its rendezvous with Zvezda.

The ATV-5 is scheduled to depart the station next January filled with trash and discarded gear. However, the spacecraft will reenter the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at a very shallow trajectory allowing the crew and ground controllers to monitor the reentry.

The reentry technique is an exercise to gather data that may be used to monitor the International Space Station when it eventually deorbits. Cameras inside the ATV-5 from Europe, Japan and the United States, will record the breakup of the ATV-5.

Since the beginning of the year, seven resupply vehicles have visited the International Space Station replenishing its crews.


Related Links
Station at NASA
Station and More at Roscosmos
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Watch NASA TV via Space.TV
Space Station News at Space-Travel.Com

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Science and Spacesuit Work While ATV-5 Preps for Launch
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 30, 2014
The six-member Expedition 40 crew spent Monday on science work and spacesuit maintenance on the International Space Station. Meanwhile, on the ground in Kourou, French Guiana, the European Space Agency is counting down to Tuesday's launch of its fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle atop on Ariane 5 rocket. Commander Steve Swanson began his morning photographing astronauts Reid Wisema ... read more

US Launches Two Surveillance Satellites From Cape Canaveral

United Launch Alliance Marks 85th Successful Launch

US aerospace firm outlines New Zealand-based space program

China to launch satellite for Venezuela

Los Alamos Laser Selected for 2020 Mars Mission

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

Mars 2020 rover will carry tools to make oxygen

NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Passes 25 Miles of Driving

Tidal forces gave moon its shape

Riddle of bulging Moon solved at last

China's biggest moon challenge: returning to earth

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

Putting It All Together

Annual Checkout Makes for Great Pluto Preparation

In exactly one year, NASA's New Horizons probe will reach Pluto

What If Voyager Had Explored Pluto?

Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

Astronomers come up dry in search for water on exoplanets

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket

World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool Will Build Core Stage of NASA's Space Launch System

Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites

Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests 1 Newton Thruster for Green Propellant Infusion Mission

China's Circumlunar Spacecraft Unmasked

China to launch HD observation satellite this year

Lunar rock collisions behind Yutu damage

China's Fast Track To Circumlunar Mission

New NASA Research Shows Giant Asteroids Battered Early Earth

Surface impressions of Rosetta's comet

NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid

NASA's Mars orbiters to witness comet flyby

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.