A look at the companies that may compete to answers ESA's call to develop space station resupply services.
ATV was indeed a cargo vehicle supplying the ISS, but it was not a capsule with re-entry and reusability capability.
Lots of bubbling in the private-led crewed spaceflight sector. Hope it leads to something cool!
"2 Airbus and Thales Alenia Space"
I would prefer if the two European space giants would not pair up but compete. So they should go on it alone or each form their own consortium, but not go together. They both have enough resources and in-house tech to make it work, and it also would allow them to develop proximity operation tech they can use in future OSAM projects.
With Thales already working with Axiom on its station and with Avio on the REV-1, and Airbus now partnering with Voyager/Nanoracks, this may be happening.
Европейский SpaceX не за горами