A version of this article appears in the August 4 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. With launch of the fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) last month, Europe’s human spaceflight ambitions will shift to development of an ATV-derived service module that will give the European Space Agency (ESA) a critical role in NASA’s manned space exploration program. The last of the ATV cargo tugs launched July 29 atop an Ariane 5 ES rocket from the Guiana Space ...

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