ESA wil samenwerken met China - stoelen ruimtevaartuigen reserveren

FILE - In this Jan. 18 2007 file picture former German astronaut Thomas Reiter speaks during a news conference in Cologne, Germany, when he was reporting about his six-months mission aboard the International Space Station ISS. The European Space Agency is exploring the possibility of cooperating with China on manned space missions by the end of the decade.The head of ESA's human spaceflight division says some European astronauts are already learning Chinese in preparation for joint missions. Thomas Reiter told The Associated Press on Tuesday Sept 11, 2012 that ESA would barter for seats on Chinese spacecraft in the same way it has long done with Russia and the United States. Europe doesn't have its own spacecraft capable of putting humans into orbit. Reiter says ESA would also like China to become a member of the International Space Station program if U.S. objections can be overcome. China launched its first into space astronaut in 2003. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz.File)
FILE - In this Jan. 18 2007 file picture former German astronaut Thomas Reiter speaks during a news conference in Cologne, Germany, when he was reporting about his six-months mission aboard the International Space Station ISS. The European Space Agency is exploring the possibility of cooperating with China on manned space missions by the end of the decade.The head of ESA's human spaceflight division says some European astronauts are already learning Chinese in preparation for joint missions. Thomas Reiter told The Associated Press on Tuesday Sept 11, 2012 that ESA would barter for seats on Chinese spacecraft in the same way it has long done with Russia and the United States. Europe doesn't have its own spacecraft capable of putting humans into orbit. Reiter says ESA would also like China to become a member of the International Space Station program if U.S. objections can be overcome. China launched its first into space astronaut in 2003. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz.File) ESA's hoofd van bemande ruimtevaart Thomas Reiter enkele jaren terug. Foto AP / Hermann J. Knippertz

De Europese ruimtevaartorganisatie ESA bestudeert de mogelijkheid om met China samen te werken aan bemande ruimtemissies. Die moeten aan het einde van het decennium plaats gaan vinden.

Sommige Europese astronauten zitten al op Chinese les om zich op gezamenlijke missies voor te bereiden, zei Thomas Reiter, ESA’s hoofd van bemande ruimtevaart, vandaag.

ESA wil stoelen reserveren in Chinese ruimtevaartuigen, zoals de organisatie al eerder deed in Rusland en de Verenigde Staten. De Europese ruimtevaartorganisatie beschikt zelf niet over dit soort ruimtevaartuigen.

Reiter zei voorts dat ESA hoopt dat China kan deelnemen aan het internationale ruimtestation ISS. Daartegen heeft de VS nu nog bezwaren. Reiter hoopt dat die op termijn kunnen worden weggenomen.