Europe’s new space truck takes shape

The propulsion unit of Johannes Kepler is taking shapeNico Dettmann is in charge of producing the European Space Agency’s (Esa) next space freighter.

He knows the near-flawless maiden voyage of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) last year does not mean the second flight is guaranteed to turn out the same way. Attention to detail is everything.

The follow-up ship – dubbed Johannes Kepler – is in the process of being assembled.

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