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Feb 11 2015

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One ESA program ends, one begins today

The last of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV), leaves the ISS today to burn up in the Earth’s orbit.

ATV-5 is the heaviest spacecraft ever lofted by an Ariane rocket, and delivered 6617 kg of supplies and experiments to the Station.

But….

ESA’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) gets green light for launch today after yesterday’s successful Launch Review.

With today’s readiness review completed, all is set for the Vega’s departure during a 1-hr., 43-min. scheduled launch window that opens on February 11 at 10:00 a.m. local time in French Guiana.

Holy crap — that’s 6am local here in SoCal, or about 20 minutes away. By the time I’m done with my news review, it’ll be launched and probably have splashed-down, so stay tuned!

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