March 20, 2014
(19 June 2011) --- In the Unity node of the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 28 flight engineer, prepares the Reentry Breakup Recorder (REBR) for installation in the Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2). The ATV-2 is scheduled to undock from the station on June 20, 2011. REBR data improves the understanding of vehicle breakup during reentry, allowing improvements in prediction of the breakup process, increasing the accuracy of estimated casualty expectations, and limiting premature deorbiting of space hardware. In the long term, this research assists in the development of a "black box" for commercial space transportation systems.
Topics: Technology Internet, Space technology, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Reentry Breakup Recorder, Atmospheric entry, ATV, Ronald J. Garan, Jr., Johannes Kepler ATV, Automated Transfer Vehicle, International Space Station, Manned spacecraft, European Space Agency, Environment