ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) successful docking at the ISS (International Space Station)
As of April 3rd, 2008, the ATV has successfully docked at the ISS. SPCOM participated in the design of the three S-band Spread Spectrum receivers of the ATV with Thales Alenia Space España: see ATV project at UPC and related videos and links ...

The ATV communication system designed at UPC, under contract with the former ALCATEL Espacio (now Thales Alenia Space España), will be used to guarantee communications between the ATV and Ground Control, the International Space Station (ISS) and the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), the satellite network providing communications coverage to any point in orbit. The ATV is an automatically operated unmanned transportation vehicle, which, every six months, will furnish propellant, equipment and food supplies to the ISS. A new ATV is required for each mission as the vehicle desintegrates upon re-entry. The communications system will allow to control the trajectory of ATV from ground. This advanced system, which guarantees the transmission of video signals (the ISS is capable of video tracking the ATV approximation), control commands and high resolution ranging is very robust to interference and ranks in the first generations of spread spectrum transponders. Related links: 

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