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Feb 23 2015

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Alas, no pictures from within ATV’s demise

ATV’s Internal Camera Delivered Data, But Not Images. The camera seems to have survived the breakup of ATV (see video of the ATV re-entry from ISS’ viewpoint by clicking here) and transmitted some of the data it collected, but:

“To retrieve all the data, more messages would have been required, but – frustratingly – these have nor arrived. Our team is currently investigating why further data packets didn’t make it through. This investigation may result in improvements, such as a backup data relay for future missions.”

The good news is that it looks like the data they have received indicates that the heat shield worked as designed. Temperatures during breakup were nominal within the sphere that the heat shield was protecting (which included the Break-up Camera).

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