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Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:10 pm

Don't miss the second ATV launch!

ARIANESPACE FLIGHT 200 - ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler”

THE LAUNCH READINESS REVIEW (RAL) took place in Kourou on Sunday, February 13 and authorized count-down operations for the ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” launch.

For its first mission of the year, Arianespace will launch the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), dubbed “Johannes Kepler”, for the European Space Agency (ESA). Right from this first launch, the ATV will play a vital role in bringing supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

The choice of Arianespace by leading space communications operators and manufacturers is clear international recognition of the company’s excellence in launch services.
It will be launched from the Ariane launch complex N° 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana.

THE ARIANE 5 ECA LAUNCHER LIFT-OFF for this flight is scheduled on February 15, 2011 at a precise instant:

>> Kourou Time: 07:13:27 pm on February 15, 2011.

>> Launch opportunity (UT): 10:13:27 pm on February 15, 2011.

>> Paris Time: 11:13:27 pm on February 15, 2011.

>> Washington Time: 04:13:27 pm on February 15, 2011.

              
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:52 pm

I'll watch the webcast and hope to see it fly above my house as I'm under the trajectory.
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:41 pm

This is the direct link to the live webcast

About one hour to go until launch.

http://www.videocorner.tv/videocorner2/live_flv/index.php?langue=en

  
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:06 pm

Thanks - watching now.

-6:50!
 
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:14 pm

That was short.

Countdown aborted at -4:01 due to a malfunction indication in the launcher.

Another attempt is to be scheduled for tomorrow.
 
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:19 pm

It was funny to see ESA images on NASATV, with an obviously French commentator 
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:47 pm

Better be safe than sorry. Le Gall is a clever man. He won't take any un necessary risks.
Next attempt tomorrow.

Go ATV-2!! Go Ariane 200!!!
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:13 am

From ArianEspace

Launch update:

ARIANE FLIGHT 200 – ATV-2 JOHANNES KEPLER: POSTPONED BY 24 HOURS

Following a measurement anomaly in the liquid oxygen propellant tank of the cryogenic main stage for Flight 200’s Ariane 5 launcher, the final countdown was stopped.

The launch vehicle and its payload of the Automated Transfer Vehicle “Johannes Kepler” remain in a safe mode, awaiting a restart of final countdown operations.

THE ARIANE 5 ECA LAUNCHER LIFT-OFF is scheduled on February 16, 2011 at a precise instant:

>> Kourou Time: 06:50:55 pm on February 16, 2011.

>> Launch opportunity (UT): 09:50:55 pm on February 16, 2011.

>> Paris Time: 10:50:55 pm on February 16, 2011.

>> Washington Time: 03:50:55 pm on February 16, 2011.

        
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:57 pm

Liftoff was successful on the second attempt; ATV-2 is now on its way to the ISS.
 
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:07 pm

Great Success for the Ariane 5 with the heaviest load ever launched by this rocket!

Well done Arianespace.   

Good luck ATV-2.

[Edited 2011-02-16 14:08:26]
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:51 am

ATV Kepler's solar panels are deployed completey; Kepler is working just fine. Docking is scheduled for Thursday, 24 February.
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:10 am

Awesome launch Ariane 200!

Communication from ArianEspace

Mission accomplished!
ATV2 cargo vessel en route for the International Space Station

On Wednesday, February 16, Arianespace’s first mission of the year successfully launched the second ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle), designated Johannes Kepler, for the European Space Agency.


200th Ariane launch, 56th Ariane 5 launch, 42nd success in a row

This latest successful Ariane 5 launch, the 200th Ariane launch and the first mission in 2011, once again proves the launcher’s operational capabilities. Ariane 5 handles a complete range of missions, from commercial launches into geostationary orbit to dedicated launches into special orbits.

The 56th launch of an Ariane 5, and 42nd successful mission in a row, clearly demonstrates the launcher’s reliability and availability. It also set a new payload record, by boosting more than 20 metric tons into low Earth orbit.

Today’s mission confirms that Arianespace’s launch Service & Solutions continue to set the global standard and guarantee independent access to space for all customers, including national and international space agencies, private firms and governments.

Second successful Ariane 5 ES launch

For the ATV2 Johannes Kepler mission, Arianespace used the Ariane 5 ES version of the launcher. It was the second successful launch of this version, following the original ATV1 Jules Verne mission in March 2008.

Arianespace uses the Ariane 5 ES version to launch ATV cargo vessels to the International Space Station. Ariane 5 ES uses the same lower composite as the standard Ariane 5 ECA launcher, comprising the cryogenic main stage and solid boosters, plus a special upper composite, the EPS reignitable storable propellant stage.

A new mission for the Guiana Space Center

Today’s launch marks Arianespace’s second mission to the International Space Station, confirming the Guiana Space Center’s membership in the highly select “club” of launch sites serving the Space Station, alongside Baikonur, Cape Canaveral and Tanegashima.

                 

Congratulations ArianEspace! Go ATV-2!!!
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RE: Arianespace Flight ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:38 pm

Here's a great hi-res picture taken by an astronaut onboard the ISS during the launch of the Johanes Kepler ATV showing Ariane's contrail:

http://www.esa.int/images/esa_atv-2_launch_seen_by_nespoli_on_iss.jpg

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