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ATV 2.0

Today, NASA and ESA announced the details of their cooperation in NASA’s human spaceflight programme based on the Orion spacecraft. (Watch replay of ESA/NASA media briefing webcast 16 Jan 2013.) This is good news for ATV as Orion will feature an ATV-derived service module to provide propulsion and power to the spacecraft as well as provide the astronauts in the habitable module with much-needed oxygen, water and other life support such as keeping the astronauts warm. The service module will keep ATV’s distinctive solar panels and shape; the cylindrical ATV 2.0 will be 2.7 metres long and 4.5 metres in diameter, similar to a present-day ATV but half as long. To push...