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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-28-2008 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Business Week: Europe Plans Manned Spaceship

The news was only announced to a small group of people. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the aerospace group EADS Astrium had invited a mere handful of journalists to Bremen. Hardly any information had been revealed before the meeting, only nebulous hints.

Now the reason for the secrecy has become apparent. Astrium is planning to add a new chapter to the history of space exploration. Engineers have quietly been developing a plan that would lead to the entry of Europe into manned space travel if it gets political backing.

Planners say manned European spaceflight could become a reality within nine years. The essence of the plan is to turn Europe's unmanned Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) into a full spacecraft in two stages.

BBC: Berlin unveils 'crewed spaceship'
A model of a proposed European manned spaceship has gone on show at the Berlin Air Show.

The design, which has been produced by EADS Astrium, is based on the unmanned "Jules Verne" freighter recently sent to the International Space Station.

Astrium says a crewed version of the truck is a logical evolution, and could fly in the next decade if it received support from European governments.

Key states - Germany, France, and Italy - are said to be very interested.

The model unveiled at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin is one-for-one in scale.

cspg
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posted 05-28-2008 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully, European politicians will seize this opportunity...

When you think that it's been 10 years (!) that an Atmospheric Reentry Demonstrator has been tested...

Chris.

garymilgrom
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posted 05-28-2008 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note to EADS - if you're going to put a PILOT in that thing he/she will want a WINDOW. Let's not forget what was learned in Project Mercury!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-28-2008 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the ATV has the proven capability of flying and docking autonomously, perhaps a pilot would be unnecessary...

onesmallstep
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posted 05-29-2008 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...or maybe they can install a periscope, like in a submarine or what was used by Shepard in Freedom 7?

-Al

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