Europe is exploring near-term alternatives to a planned payload return capsule as it struggles to hash out a strategy for operating the International Space Station beyond 2015. The European Space Agency sees the Advanced Recovery Vehicle (ARV) as a first step toward developing a full-fledged unmanned and perhaps manned space transportation capability. ARV would be based on the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) used to resupply the ISS. ESA hoped to obtain a Phase B detailed design ...


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