Dordain wants ESA to have a fallback plan ready next year in the event it cannot arrive at an agreement with Russia on codeveloping a proposed Crew Space Transportation System.
"For the CSTS to go forward, we must identify mutual interests and a mutually satisfactory cost-sharing basis," he says. These interests include not only use of
existing European assets like the Auto-B mated Transfer Vehicle, but also development of new technologies as well. "If these conditions cannot be fulfilled, we
will have to look at another scenario," he adds.
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