European manned space station. Study 2020. The ATV could evolve towards an unmanned free-flying laboratory providing a better microgravity level than the ISS.
It could periodically dock to the ISS for major servicing support. Such a free flying pressurized spacecraft could also be used as a safe haven for an entire ISS crew in case of a major emergency on-board the Station. That would give time for a crew to survive until they are rescued by a Soyuz or other vehicle.
Crew Size: 6. Habitable Volume: 48.00 m3.
Gross mass: 19,000 kg (41,000 lb).
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Height: 11.00 m (36.00 ft).
Diameter: 4.45 m (14.59 ft).
Span: 22.30 m (73.10 ft).
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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