This timelapse video shows ATV Georges Lemaître during preparation in the Final Assembly Building and integration on its Ariane 5 launcher before transfer to the launchpad.
ESA’s last Automated Transfer Vehicle is set for launch to the International Space Station from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 23:47 GMT on 29 July 2014 (01:47 CEST on 30 July).
The fifth in the series of the largest spacecraft ever built in Europe is also the heaviest load an Ariane 5 has ever launched. ATV-5 is set to carry almost 6.6 tonnes of supplies to the orbital outpost, including a record amount of dry cargo: around 2682 kg.
Georges Lemaîtres will deliver experiments, equipment, spare parts, water, air and even artwork to the six astronauts living in space.
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be responsible for docking and unloading the cargo when ATV arrives at its destination around two weeks after launch.
Directed by Stephane Corvaja, ESA & Manuel Pedoussaut, Zetapress