The European Space Agency is building a new spacecraft which will be the agency’s first reusable spacecraft and will able to venture into orbit multiple times and come back down to Earth.
Not only is the craft more sustainable but also is more cost efficient as it can make several expeditions that would previously require building whole new crafts. The Space Rider craft can fly into space and return to Earth a total of six times. The ESA hopes the new reusable spacecraft will be able to successfully transport supplies to the ISS at a lower cost.
The ESA approved $200 million in funding to make the Space Rider come to life. The size is equivalent to two minivans and will be able to carry more than 1,700 pounds and can remain in orbit for up to two months.
Its maiden voyage is scheduled for late 2023.