Monday, March 10, 2008

SPECIAL FEATURE > JULES VERNE LAUNCH

Jules Verne ATV is in orbit!

Credits: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE - Activité Photo Optique Video CSG

"Communication between the spacecraft and the ATV Control Centre in Toulouse confirmed that the spacecraft was responding nominally.


All navigation systems onboard, the star-trackers, the GPS system are working nominally and the solar arrays, which deployed very smoothly, are delivering full power. However the spacecraft on board computers detected a slight difference in pressure between the oxidizer and the fuel that compose the propellant. This caused the ATV to immediately switch over to the second of four propulsion chains, as it is designed to do.
Engineers at the Control Centre in Toulouse and at the prime contractor premises EADS-Astrium in Les Mureaux are evaluating and analysing the data coming from the spacecraft and are assessing the consequences, if any, in the immediate planning."


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