1967-02-01

The Place of the Aerospace Transporter in European Space Programme — Recommendations 670405

The evolution of space activities based on the use of large ballistic vehicles appears now to have been fortuitous. The delayed start of European programmes necessitates reconsideration of what will be the most profitable line of development.
Until men are seen to inhabit space stations for useful purposes and to be transported there and back safely and economically popular support for these activities will be reluctantly given.
A re-usable transporter, of whatever type, enlarges man's capability in space. Industrial recommendations for a European space programme accept it as a necessary implement in the long term.

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