24/10/2014 18:40
RIA Novosti

Science

Europe’s ATV-3 Space Freighter Adjusts Space Station Orbit

International Space Station (ISS)
02:50 01/04/2012
MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: International Space Station, Russian Mission Control

Europe’s ATV-3 unmanned resupply spacecraft, which docked with the ISS earlier this week, readjusted the space station’s orbit on Sunday, the Mission Control said.

Two main engines of ATV-3 were switched on at 1:54 Moscow time on Sunday [21:54 GMT on Saturday] to raise the International Space Station (ISS) orbit by 1.7 km, to 389.8 km.

"Engines of Europe’s ATV-3 spacecraft remained switched on for 411 seconds (almost seven minutes), giving the ISS an additional acceleration of one meter per second,” the source said.

The third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), named after Italian physicist Edoardo Amaldi, blasted off from the Kourou space center in French Guiana on March 23. The European spacecraft docked automatically to the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 22:31 GMT on Wednesday.

Earlier on Saturday specialists fixed the backup power channel, designed to route power to the ATV from the station. ESA said the malfunction will not influence the planned re-boost.

The cause of the failure is under investigation.

 

  • Add to blog
  • Send to friend
  • Share

Add to blog

You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.

Publication code:

Preview:

RIA NovostiInternational Space Station (ISS)Europe’s ATV-3 Space Freighter Adjusts Space Station Orbit

02:50 01/04/2012 Europe’s ATV-3 unmanned resupply spacecraft, which docked with the ISS earlier this week, readjusted the space station’s orbit on Sunday>>

Send by e-mail

All fields are required!




Leave a comment

    Рейтинг@Mail.ru
    © 2014  RIA Novosti
    Some material may be inappropriate for those under 18