Launch of ATV 4

Date: Wed, Jun 05, 2013 | 21:30 - 00:30 GMT | 23:30 - 02:30 CEST

Type: ESA TV Live

Format: 16:9

ESA's ATV-4 cargo carrier, designated "Albert Einstein", is scheduled to lift off tonight 21:52:13GMT aboard its Ariane 5 launcher from the European spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. Docking with the International Space Station is scheduled for June 15th.

With a launch mass of 20235 kg, it is the heaviest spacecraft ever launched by Europe and it is carrying the largest load of dry cargo yet to be ferried by any ATV. The spacecraft is actually four vehicles in one, bringing equipment and supplies, replenishing the Station’s propellant tanks, keeping the orbital outpost aloft with its boosts and providing a module for the astronauts to live in. ATV’s cargo includes scientific experiments – including several to be performed by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano – spare parts, propellant, water, gases, food and clothing. In total, over 1400 different items are to be delivered to space.

Test transmission will commence at 2030GMT. The launch programme will start at 2130GMT and will cover the Ariane flight until ATV separation at 2256GMT, followed by ATV's solar array deployment at 2330GMT and then management statements.

Highlights will be posted as soon as possible after transmission on the ESA TV ftp server.

More information at:

Satellite Parameters:

Eutelsat 10A (exW2A) @ 10degE

Txp B4 Slot4M6 (6MHz)

D/link 11102MHz Pol Y / vertical

SR 4.9373 FEC 3/4 Modulation DVBS-2/8PSK

Signal 625 SD MPEG2 420 Data rate: 10.7514 Mb/s

Audio: 1 - Eng / 2 - Fr / 4 - ambient (all mono)


Eutelsat 7A (exW1) @ 7degE

Txp B2 Slot 2A9 (9MHz)

D/link 10960 MHz Polarisation Y / vertical

SR 6.6665 FEC 7/8 Modulation DVBS/QPSK

Signal 625 SD MPEG2 420 Data rate: 10.7514 Mb/s

Audio: 1 - Eng / 2 - Fr / 4 - ambient (all mono)

For any inquiries regarding satellite or ftp reception please contact the ESA TV production team:
Dominique Detain at or + 33 685 114 681 or Chris Courtenay Taylor at or + 44 7774 275 951