Designing, development, testing and integration The ATV should be used for the international space station as supply ship and transport up to 9 tons food, scientific useful load and fuel. Moreover, the space transporter should also ensure that the station is re-boosted with so-called "Reboost" maneuvers for correction of its orbit, i.e. for balancing the regular height losses. At the end of its mission the ATV takes up waste a material that is not required any more by the station and burns it up in the atmosphere with proper check. The first ATV, called Jules Verne, has been docked to ISS in 2008. The precise rendez-vous maneuver between Jules Verne and the ISS took place automatically with the help of a video meter (first ever automatic optical system used for satellite navigation), while both satellites circle the earth with a speed of 28,000 km/h.
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