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Mini Space Station

Mini Space Station
Credit: EADS
European manned space station. Study 2020. Potential European independent space station consisting of two docked ATV's with additional life support systems.

In the event of abandonment of the ISS by the Americans, the ATV could be used to put together a European Mini Space Station. Two ATV spacecraft could be equipped with two docking mechanisms, one in front and one at the back, in such manner as they could mate like the carriages of a train.

Crew Size: 3. Habitable Volume: 96.00 m3.

Gross mass: 38,000 kg (83,000 lb).
Height: 22.00 m (72.00 ft).
Diameter: 4.45 m (14.59 ft).
Span: 22.30 m (73.10 ft).

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Ariane 5 French orbital launch vehicle. The Ariane 5 was a completely new design, unrelated to the earlier Ariane 1 to 4. It consisted of a single-engine Lox/LH2 core stage flanked by two solid rocket boosters. Preparatory work began in 1984. Full scale development began in 1988 and cost $ 8 billion. The design was sized for the Hermes manned spaceplane, later cancelled. This resulted in the booster being a bit too large for the main commercial payload, geosynchronous communications satellites. As a result, development of an uprated version capable of launching two such satellites at a time was funded in 2000. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • ESA European agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. European Space Agency, Europe. More...
  • Cannes French manufacturer of spacecraft. Cannes, France. More...

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