Italy, US agree on need for European human spaceflight

Flight Global has a report about a recent meeting held by NASA chief Mike Griffin and Italian Space Agency President (ASI) Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami to help map out an international human exploration strategy.

The story says that U.S. and Italian officials agreed that Europe needs autonomous human access to space. They also agreed that studies of nuclear propulsion and the orbital assembly of Mars spacecraft are necessary.

Italy has been heavily involved in human spaceflight, providing two nodes for the International Space Station as well as making major contributions to ESA’s Columbus module and the Automated Transfer Vehicle.