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Europe and China may conduct joint missions

Posted on Thursday, 13 September, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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European astronauts could be hitching a lift in to space aboard Chinese rockets within a decade.

The European Space Agency typically conducts joint operations with Russia and the US when it comes to its manned space program and it may not be long before this extends to launching joint missions with China as well. The Chinese space agency is only the third to send humans in to space and there is currently no sign that they intend to slow down their efforts.

"I would welcome a European astronaut flying aboard a Chinese spaceship," said ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations Thomas Reiter. "In fact, some of our astronauts have started Chinese language training."

"European astronauts could hitch a ride into orbit aboard Chinese spacecraft before the end of the decade, a senior official at the European Space Agency said on Tuesday."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by keithisco on 12 September, 2012, 17:46
The only negative that I would have to this article is that ESA already has the Jules Verne re-supply vessel that can be re-configured to hold 6 human occupants. We also have Arianne that can lift this into orbit, Europe (ESA) can do all of this stuff by itself...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 12 September, 2012, 20:44
Europe can in the future, but it will take a while. It is not simply a mater of reconfiguring the Automated Transfer Vehicle or ATV (Jules Verne was the name of the first of these vehicles only). The ATV has no re-entry capability. A version carrying a manned capsule has been proposed. Called the Crew Transport Vehicle this is a vehicle derived from the ATV, but hugely modified. ESA has no-experience of large re-entry capsules or of launch escape systems, so this project will be expensive (estimated to be more than €300 million to develop an unmanned capsule and around €2 billion for a manne... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Render on 13 September, 2012, 9:28
"Chinese spaceship" i just hope it isn't as fragile as it sounds

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