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Twenty-eleven will be the "year of launchers", says European Space Agency director-general Jean-Jacques Dordain.
Europe expects to have three different rockets operating from its French Guiana spaceport in the coming months.
The workhorse Ariane 5 will be joined by the Russian Soyuz vehicle and a new small launcher called Vega.
At his annual Paris press conference to preview the year ahead, Mr Dordain said this represented a major change in the way Esa conducted its space activities.
And he told the BBC everyone might be surprised at how complex an undertaking this would be.
It seems that in the darker parts of 2010, NASA gave Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Brumman money to ponder what improvements might be made to our current aerial cattle carriers.
Originally posted by laslidealist
i read in the book "the omega project and the bible codes" (yes i don't believe everything and took it with a grain of salt) but according to the author the space station has 13 bays and there are 13 space shuttles to take the original bloodlines off the planet and return after man is wiped out. sort of like Noah i guess