Mission Updates: Ariane 5 – ATV-3
The flight of ATV-3 is part of the internationally coordinated servicing effort to support the International Space Station.
23rd March 2012 – 05:38 UTC
ATV-3 has successfully separated from the upper stage! Docking is set for March 28th 2012.
23rd March 2012 – 05:34 UTC
The short 28 second, second burn of the upper stage has completed.
23rd March 2012 – 04:52 UTC
The first burn of the upper stage has completed and the stage is shut down for a 42 minute coast phase.
23rd March 2012 – 04:43 UTC
First stage has extinguished and separated from the upper stage, And the upper stage has ignited!
23rd March 2012 – 04:37 UTC
Fairing jettison! The fairing protecting the ATV-3 has split in two and fell away from the vehicle.
23rd March 2012 – 04:36 UTC
The two solid rocket boosters either side of the first stage have separated from the rocket as everything goes nominally.
22nd March 2012 – 18:00 UTC
Nearing 10 hours until launch, The preparations are going nominally. Check out the photos of the processing of ATV-3 to the right, or the videos at the bottom of this page.
21st March 2012 – 21:00 UTC
The Ariane 5 rocket arrived at the Launch Pad at 15:30 UTC after a 1 hour, 15 minute ride along the rail tracks.
Photo credits: European Space Agency
21st March 2012 – 17:30 UTC
The Ariane 5 rocket was rolled out to the launch pad in French Guiana this afternoon.
20th March 2012 – 18:00 UTC
The Ariane 5 Launcher was given a ‘GO’ to launch in the early morning of March 23rd. Rollout of the launcher will take place tomorrow, March 21st.
Launch is scheduled for 04:31 UTC and will lift the heaviest payload yet for the Ariane 5, The 3rd Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) which will bring much needed supplies to the International Space Station.
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