Il primo ATV che raggiungerà la ISS nell’estate prossima ha superato i test ambientali che consistevano nella permanenza in una camera a vuoto per 21 giorni simulando le condizioni di esposizione solare e di vuoto spaziale:
Jules Verne goes hot and cold
14 December 2006
For 21 days in a row, Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), has not only survived the most stringent conditions of the space environment, but it has successfully tested on the ground its flight software and hardware under the toughest simulated conditions of space vacuum, freezing temperatures and burning sun radiation.
Jules Verne ATV, the most complex spacecraft ever developed in Europe, is due to make its inaugural flight atop an Ariane 5 in summer 2007 to re-supply the International Space Station. It has just completed its most exhaustive test campaign at ESA’s test facilities at ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
“Started on 22 November, the test campaign, with different cycles of cold and hot phases, has been performed according to schedule and the ‘behaviour’ of this complex spaceship has been generally in line with the expected one when reacting to the cold and hot environment”, said Bachisio Dore, the ESA ATV manager of Assembly Integration & Verification (AIV). “The successful completion of this test campaign represents a major milestone for the ATV Programme.”