Germany is expected to scrap plans to build a robotic Moon lander that would incorporate technologies and hardware developed for Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). Led by prime contractor Astrium Space Transportation, the $650 million mission was to be among 85 proposals the European Space Agency (ESA) is reviewing as its 20 member states meet at the ministerial level this week to decide a $13 billion multiyear spending plan. Astrium recently completed a preliminary system ...

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