The Automated Transfer Vehicle, Europe’s ISS logistics spacecraft, was used to perform its first debris avoidance manoeuvre for the International Space Station. The manoeuvre was started yesterday at 18:11 CEST (16:11 UT) and finished 5 minutes 2 seconds later.
"It was absolutely amazing ... it was absolutely fantastic." - A quick mp3 audio statement from ESA's John Ellwood, ATV Project Manager, who was (also) interviewed by Maria yesterday shortly after docking.
"A wonderful achievement - we are all really happy because the team performed extremely well" - A quick mp3 audio statement from ESA's Alberto Novelli, head of operations here at ATV-CC, who was interviewed by Maria yesterday shortly after docking.
When our blog went down, your intrepid bloggers (that would be Maria) pulled out her trusty Exilim EX-S10 and grabbed a clip of ATV making contact from right here in ATV-CC. Afterwards, to say that 'the crowd went wild' would be an understatement: ever since then, there's been nothing but happy, smiling people here and there's just a tremendous feeling of achievement in the air. I spoke with ESA Mission Director Kris Capelle after the capture, and he said the feedback from the Russian and NASA partners that he received was entirely positive. It really is Europe's day! -- Daniel
ATV Jules Verne, the European Space Agency’s first resupply
and reboost vehicle, has successfully performed a fully automated
docking with the International Space Station (ISS). This docking marks
the beginning of Jules Verne’s main servicing mission to deliver cargo,
propellant, water, oxygen and propulsion capacity to the Station, as
well as ESA’s entry into the restricted club of the partners able to
access the orbital facility by their own means.
We've been badly hit with some technical problems here at ATV-CC so apologies, we were off air for a while there. Things seem to be returning to normal now though. We've been collecting info ever since and so now we will get you up to speed on the last half-hour or so of activity. The big news of course that you will by now (hopefully) know is that Jules Verne ATV docked with the Russian Zvezda module at 16:45 CEST - Docking was complete 7 minutes later when the hooks were closed.
Note also that we've added the video interviews with Jean-Francois Clervoy with the time stamps back-dated.. -- Daniel