Some of the significant contributions of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the field of space exploration and its plans for future human spaceflight, are discussed. The ESA has made significant contributions in building the International Space Station (ISS). The European-built Node-2, the ESA Columbus Laboratory and Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) are some of the significant contributions that have enabled human beings, to live and work in space continuously, without facing major problems. Five international partners from 14 countries have been able to develop the largest civilian cooperative space research project. A large number of skilled professionals from all over the world have been involved in building and operating the ISS, in an effort to create new opportunities for human spaceflight. The ESA proposed the European space exploration program, Aurora in 2001, to its members states in 2001, to utilize the human capital, knowledge, and investments made in the ISS project.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Space Agency Bulletin|
|State||Published - Aug 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aerospace Engineering
- Space and Planetary Science