ATV Jules Verne: Mission accomplished

29 September 2008

Shortly after 15:30 CEST (13:30 UT) on Monday 29 September, ESA's ATV will begin a controlled destructive re-entry high above an uninhabited area of the Pacific Ocean.

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Two de-orbit manoeuvres will lower ESA's Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle. Break up of the satellite is expected at an altitude of 65 km. The crew on board the ISS will attempt to observe the re-entry of the satellite over the Pacific.

Engineers are already working on the following two ATVs. The next one is scheduled for launch in 2010 and proposals to adapt the spaceship to other tasks are ongoing.

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