NASA’s Orion capsule, with a service module based on the ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle. ATVs regularly carry supplies to the International Space Station.
European Space Agency / D. Ducros

Concept art for Ariane 6, the ESA’s next-generation rocket. The Ariane 6 is hoped to fly by 2021.
European Space Agency / D. Ducros

Orion service module,
Ariane development
highlight new ESA budget

Posted By Jason Davis

2012/11/26 06:00 CST

Representatives from the European Space Agency’s 20 member states and Canada approved a 10 billion euro budget (13 billion U.S. dollars) for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy. Unlike NASA, the ESA sets its budget levels for multiple years at a time, requiring mandatory member participation in some programs and optional contributions to others. Budget highlights include Ariane rocket development, a variety of planetary and Earth science missions, and the development of a service module for NASA’s Orion crew capsule.

Read more: Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget | The Planetary Society.

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