The European Space Agency announced plans today to launch a privately built snub-nosed space bullet, which sort of resembles a wingless, truncated space shuttle, within the next two years. Thales Alenia Space, builder of several International Space Station components and many European satellites, is manufacturing the spacecraft.
Russia partners with Europe to build its own reusable spacecraft for flights to the International Space Station and beyond.
By Daniel CleryPosted 12.01.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
With NASA's beleaguered shuttle still grounded over safety concernsand given the unanswered questions about its replacement, the Crew Exploration Vehicle, which won't be ready to fly until 2012the European Space Agency is mulling an option to buy its own ride to space. This month ESA plans to request $60 million from its member states to help Russia prepare its new, reusable spaceship, the Clipper, for a crewless test flight by 2011 and a manned flight by 2012.