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Old July 14th 05, 01:07 PM
Jacques van Oene
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European technology to the space station

July 11st, 2005

US Shuttle "Discovery" to deliver the external stowage platform ESP built by
EADS SPACE Transportation
Tools and spare parts for outboard manoeuvres within easy reach for
astronauts

Washington, 11 July 2005 - European high technology will be delivered to the
International Space Station (ISS) following the launch of US Space Shuttle
"Discovery" on 13 July 2005. The Shuttle will carry the external stowage
platform ESP, which was developed by EADS SPACE. This platform will be
attached to the outside of the space station for the next 15 years. It will
allow astronauts to stow tools and spare parts on a platform outside the
space station for the first time. Another version of the ESP has already
flown on five missions to the International Space Station aboard the
Shuttle.

"We are very proud that NASA is using our concept - based on European
engineering, effectively endorsing the quality of our products and
expertise," said Uwe Pape, Project Manager of EADS SPACE Transportation, in
Washington D.C. on Monday. "The ESP payload and work platform is small but
very effective. It ensures best use of the Shuttle cargo bay and makes the
astronauts' work much easier," Pape continued. For the first time, engineers
from the European space industry will work directly with NASA in Shuttle
payload integration, with EADS assuming mission responsibility. On day nine
after launch, ESP-2 will be attached to the ISS airlock during the third
outboard mission.

The Shuttle's return to flight is of great importance to Europe and the
European space industry. Europe has a share of some 8% in the space station
programme. Germany is the leading partner with about 40 percent of the
entire European workload. Under contract to the European Space Agency ESA,
EADS SPACE Transportation is the industrial prime contractor for the
development, construction and operation of the European ISS components. The
space laboratory Columbus, Europe's core contribution to the ISS, is
currently being built at EADS SPACE Transportation in Bremen. As the
Columbus laboratory can only be carried to the International Space Station
aboard a Space Shuttle, Shuttle return to flight is of particular importance
to Europe.

EADS SPACE Transportation is the European leader in civil and military space
transportation and manned spaceflight. EADS SPACE Transportation is a wholly
owned subsidiary of EADS SPACE. In 2004, EADS SPACE achieved a turnover of
2.6 billion euros with a labour force of 11,000 in France, Germany, Spain
and the UK.

Contact: Dr. Mathias Spude Phone: +49-421-539-5710

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Jacques :-)

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