Here’s a listing of the planned manoeuvres to be performed by ATV Albert Einstein this week, leading up to its controlled destructive re-entry over the Pacific on Saturday, 2 November, around mid-day.
For background, read Mike Steinkopf’s detailed update (Update on first post-undocking manoeuvres) and note especially that, for the first time, ESA and NASA are planning to position the ISS such that the station’s downward-pointing video cameras (and, hopefully, the crew!) can watch the reentry as it happens in real-time.
Note that the times are in UTC (= CET-1 this week) and, as always, these are subject to change as the mission progresses.
|Start||Est end||Est duration|
|TPO1||28/10/2013 20:06:22||28/10/2013 20:09:34||00:03:12|
|TPO2||28/10/2013 20:48:26||28/10/2013 20:51:38||00:03:12|
|MC1_1||31/10/2013 07:31:52||31/10/2013 07:34:36||00:02:44|
|MC1_2||31/10/2013 08:17:47||31/10/2013 08:20:31||00:02:44|
|TV1_1||01/11/2013 18:27:46||01/11/2013 18:31:46||00:04:00|
|TV1_2||01/11/2013 19:13:22||01/11/2013 19:17:22||00:04:00|
On Saturday, 2 November, there will be two additional burns, the so-called ‘de-orbit burns’.
These will tip ATV out of its orbit, slow it down and allow it to be caught by the upper atmosphere and begin its controlled re-entry around mid-day.
And break up? ATV-CC estimates that Albert Einstein will meet its demise at around 80 km altitude, with any surviving fragments landing on the surface of the S. Pacific around 12:15 UTC (13:15 CET).