Feeds

Voyeurs invited to watch space truck dock

Live video as Johannes Kepler couples with ISS today

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Fans of live video matings can catch the docking of the Johannes Kepler space truck and the International Space Station's Zvezda module later this afternoon.

The happy event is expected at 16:45 CET (15:45 GMT), and the European Space Agency will be streaming live footage from 15:15 GMT, right here.

ATV docking with the ISS. Pic: ESA

The 20-tonne Johannes Kepler, the second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), blasted off atop an Ariane 5 rocket from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on 16 February.

It's carrying "4,534kg of propellant for International Space Station reboost and attitude control", "1,600kg of dry cargo, 850kg of propellant for Russia’s Zvezda module and 100kg of oxygen".

The vessel is fully automated, and the ESA hopes the ATV Control Centre in Toulouse, France, can enjoy the docking show while ensuring everything's running smoothly.

In normal operations, the ground crew's role is restricted to "sending 'Go' commands to the spaceship in orbit for onboard pre-programmed sequences".

The Johannes Kepler will spend three-and-a-half months at the ISS, during which it'll do its bit by using its own thrusters to "raise the Station’s orbit periodically in order to compensate for the natural decay caused by atmospheric drag".

Its job done, the space truck is doomed to burn up on re-entry over the Pacific, carrying ISS waste and redundant hardware. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?
Vital linguistic question interrupts LOHAN spaceplane mission
95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift
Guangzhou skyscraper denizens to hold on to hats
Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey
Science no match for religion, politics, business interests
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane
Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY
Cloaking techniques nicked from viruses tackle roadblocks on way to medical frontier
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.