European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company

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A company that developed and produces the Ariane rockets. Its diverse space work has included contributions to the Rosetta and Mars Express probes. Astrium, an EADS joint venture with the UK's BAE Systems, is the prime industrial contractor for the International Space Station (ISS), responsible for the Columbus laboratory, Europe's main contribution. Astrium helped develop the X-38 crew rescue vehicle, and the integrated cargo carrier (ICC). A projected nine uncrewed supply vehicles, known as the Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs), are scheduled to be built by Astrium for the ISS from 2003 to 2013.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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