Space experts and government ministers from eleven Western European countries and Australia today (Wednesday November 4th) began two days of discussions on the terms on which Europe would join the United States in its space programme.
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Background: Space experts and government ministers from eleven Western European countries and Australia today (Wednesday November 4th) began two days of discussions on the terms on which Europe would join the United States in its space programme.
The conference is also scheduled to draw up the European space programme and determine where it fits in and where it conflicts with the American plan.
The ministers are also due to present plans for the formation of a unified European space organisation similar to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the United states. This will be a joining together of the European Launcher Development Organisation, known as ELDO, which produces European rockets, the European Space Research Organisation, which builds satellites, and the European Conference on Telecommunications by Satellite.
One of the key problems expected to be discussed is the terms on which Europe can get rockets from the United States to launch her own satellites into space.
After the first day's meeting it was reported that Britain, had told the conference it could not commit itself to European participation in the United States' post-Apollo space programme. The main feature of this part of the space programme is a space shuttle which would ferry men and equipment to space stations and return to earth like a normal jet aircraft.
The president of the meeting today was the Belgian science Minister, M. Theodore Lefevre.