Space Transportation

A superordinate goal of the ESA in the frame of space transport is to secure a competitive and independent European access to space. With the core element of European space transportation activities, the ARIANE programme, the responsibility for the adjustment to the market requirements (e.g. lowering of production costs, increase of the mission flexibility, reliability and transportation capacity) should be transferred increasingly to the industry. A crucial goal for a future generation of space ESA investigates re- 0 ^ 0 T . , usable space launch transporters is the significant lowering of transport costs. It is to be ex systems pected that this can be realized only with partially or completely re usable systems. In the frame of the Future Launchers Preparatory Programme of the ESA, technologies for future re-usable space transporters are examined.

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