Thermal - Power - Software Development and Validation on ATV Vehicle 2009-01-2558
Jules Verne (JV) is the name of the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) developed by ASTRIUM Space Transportation on behalf of European Space Agency (ESA).
JV was launched the 9 March 2008 by ARIANE 5 and performed the 3 April 2008 its automatic rendezvous and docking to the International Space Station (ISS) to which it remained attached up to the 5 September 2008. In the meantime, JV has provided the ISS with dry and fluid cargo and performed one refueling, four ISS re-boosts and one Debris Avoidance Maneuver. JV completed its successful mission by offloading waste and was destroyed during its re-entry the 29 September 2008.
Generally, development and verification of Power management rely on classical thermal and electrical engineering. Here, due to the mission and safety requirements, the vehicle complexity and the high level of software management, engineering and validation has been supported by a specific ATV all numerical simulator, representative for ATV thermal, electrical and on-board software management, and presented in this document.