ATV-03 is temporarily stuck on International Space Station (Updated)

by | Sep 26, 2012 | ESA, International Space Station, NASA, Russia, space station | 0 comments

The European Space Agency’s cargo transportation spacecraft, ATV 03 (EDOARDO AMALDI), has failed to undock from the Zvezda port of the International Space Station as planned at circa 2230 GMT on 25 September.   The fault which prevented the full undocking sequence from going ahead was traced to a faulty laptop which was commanding the sequence.

UPDATE: ATV-03 finally detached itself from the Zvezda module of the ISS on 28 September at 2144 GMT.  After making deorbit engine burns on at 2142 GMT on 2 October, and again at 0042GMT on 3 October,  the ATV-03 craft re-entered on 3 October, with surviving debris landing in the Pacific at circa 0130 GMT.

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