Astrium says it has completed a series of tests proving that key design and production processes used to manufacture Europe’s Ariane 5 launcher can support production of the Liberty transportation system, one of a handful of proposals vying for NASA development funding under a third round of commercial crew transportation awards the agency will announce this summer. Led by Alliant TechSystems (ATK), Liberty is based on a combination of hardware from NASA’s defunct Constellation program, ...

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