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world ROUND-UP: Spacecraft talks.

NASA has begun negotiating with Japan's space agency to purchase a Japanese spacecraft to replace the space shuttle, Japanese sources claim.

The Yomiuri newspaper says US officials have been in unofficial talks with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency about buying the H-2 Transfer Vehicle, or HTV. It is an unmanned cargo vessel being designed to deliver supplies to the international space station, which is kept stocked by the space shuttle as well as Russian and European spacecraft. The US could use the HTV to continue supplying the space station after the space shuttle is retired.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2008
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