Johannes Kepler Launch

Ariane 5
Ariane 5 and ATV2
Image Credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja

NASA TV coverage of the launch from the northern coast of South America will begin at 2:45 PM Phoenix Time on Tuesday, 15 February. The European Space Agency and its launch services provider, Arianespace, are scheduled to launch the Johannes Kepler Automated Transfer Vehicle-2, or ATV2, on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, at 3:13 PM Phoenix time (7:13 PM in Kourou). NASA TV coverage will continue through the deployment of the cargo ship’s solar arrays about 90 minutes after launch.

After an eight-day journey, the spacecraft will rendezvous and dock to the aft port of the station’s Zvezda service module. Russia is prepared for the docking of the ATV-2 cargo craft to the Zvezda module.

If the ATV2 launches Feb. 15 as scheduled, NASA TV will broadcast the final rendezvous and docking beginning at 7:45 AM Phoenix time (1445 UTC) on 23 February. Docking is scheduled at approximately 8:20 AM. ATV2 will remain attached to Zvezda until early June, when it will undock and deorbit for a destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

Live broadcast can be found here.

The launch has been scrubbed due to erroneous information from sensors on fuel tanks and fuel level. Arianespace will retry tomorrow at 2:50 PM Phoenix time (2150 UTC).

This will push the launch of STS-133 Discovery by one day. ATV2 must be docked at the ISS before Discovery is launched.

Scrubbed at T-Minus 4:01
Image Credit: ESA TV

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