Engineers at Astrium plan to examine ways to use technology developed for Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) and the Columbus laboratory module on the International Space Station under two €6.5 million ($8.19 million) contracts from the European Space Agency. Results of the work, set to run until the end of 2012, are intended to support decisions on development of European space vehicles at the ESA ministerial meeting in November. One study will examine ways technology from the two ...

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