Spacecraft ATV-1 ‘Jules Vernes’ Spectacular Reentry 2015

spacecraft Jules Verne reentryA final deorbit burn at 14:58 CEST slowed “Jules Verne’s” velocity by 70 m/s and spacecraft entered the upper atmosphere at an altitude of 120 km at 15:31 CEST. It broke up at an altitude of 75 km with the remaining fragments falling into the Pacific some 12 minutes later.

ATV Jules Verne was the first of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicles to bring supplies to the International Space Station and  help keep its orbit 400 km above our planet.

The planned reentry into the atmosphere was filmed from a DC-8 aircraft as part of an observation campaign including recording from the Station itself, as well as from two specially-equipped observation planes located in the vicinity of the ATV’s flight path in the skies above the South Pacific.

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