Europe’s First Crewed Spacecraft

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 21, 2008 in Science |

The Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)

I think the more nations with manned spacecraft the better:

Europe’s first crewed spaceship on the horizon

“Europe’s first crewed spaceship may be on the horizon. The European Space Agency may build a new spaceship – based on its recently launched cargo ship – that could transport humans to the International Space Station and possibly the Moon. Until recently, Europe had relied on NASA’s space shuttles and Russia’s Soyuz and Progress vehicles to transfer goods and astronauts to the space station.

The Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which successfully transported supplies to the ISS in April, gave Europe its first taste of autonomy. But it can transport only goods, not people, and some experts have called for a crewed craft to build on this success.”

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