Fifteen years after Europe junked a project to build its own manned space transport, a consensus appears to be building that it is time to try again. Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain has been hammering away since late last year for Europe to consider an alternative crew launch system capability in the event talks to join Russia’s Crew Space Transportation System (CSTS) fail. Since the flawless launch and docking of the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) space tug, Jules Verne, ...

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