Britain Adds Funds to Repurpose ESA ATV as Orion Service Module
European Space Agency (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)
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The European Space Agency (ESA) announced they will inform NASA they are ready to build an ATV derived Service Module for Orion, to be ready for the first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) in 2017. The announcement came after the UK stepped up with additional funding, marking the country’s first real human Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) commitment.
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