ESA PRESS RELEASE
31 March 2008
The Jules Verne ATV today approached the International Space Station to within 11 meters of the docking port on the Russian Zvezda module. The approach was part of a second ATV demonstration day which clears the way for the first rendezvous and docking attempt on 3 April.
â€œIâ€™m known for my understatements, but the only word that comes to mind about today is impressive,â€ said John Ellwood, ESAâ€™s ATV Project Manager. â€œIt was impressive to see how Jules Verne, the staff at the ATV Control Centre, the control centres in Moscow and Houston pulled together today. It was a perfect dress-rehearsal for Thursday.â€
Todayâ€™s maneuvers included the first demonstration of the critical optical navigation system, using the European-developed Videometer technology. It was confirmed that ATV can use this system to autonomously navigate to within 11 m of the ISS.