Work underway on six follow-on ATVs and possible spinoffs
Although the protoype flight model has yet to fly, engineers are already designing derivative versions of the ATV that could meet ISS supply requirements after the shuttle is retired, as well as future space exploration endeavors. EADS Astrium Space Transportation, prime contractor for the ATV, and Thales Alenia Space, contractor for the vessel's Internal Cargo Carrier, have completed a phase B preliminary design study for the European Space Agency for a reentry module capable of ...
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