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The Political Dimension of Europe’s New Human Spaceflight Capabilities

  • Mischa Hansel
Part of the Yearbook on Space Policy book series (YEARSPACE)

Abstract

According to NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, the successful first flight of an Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) and the full operational status of the Columbus research laboratory mark “the arrival of Europe as a full-fledged space power”.412 This may be a bit exaggerated since the European Space Agency (ESA) still lacks a vehicle to carry astronauts into space. Nevertheless, by putting these systems into service, Europe has significantly improved its human spaceflight capabilities.

Keywords

International Space Station European Space Agency European Monetary Union Space Policy Political Dimension 
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