A version of this article appears in the August 4 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. The European Space Agency launched its fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to the International Space Station in July, with plans to retire the sophisticated cargo tug upon its fiery return to Earth in February. But as the 20-nation ESA closes a chapter in ISS history, its future support for the $100-billion orbiting outpost remains in doubt. As the lead nation in the five-partner ...

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