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    Top officials and experts from Western Europe and Australia met in Brussels today (Wednesday) for a conference which could lead to major changes in Europe's space effort.

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    Top officials and experts from Western Europe and Australia met in Brussels today (Wednesday) for a conference which could lead to major changes in Europe's space effort.

    Delegates at the three-day conference were scheduled to consider America's invitation to Europe to join in the development of a "space-shuttle" which would ferry men and equipment to space stations and then return to earth to land like a jet aircraft.

    The conference was arranged by the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO) which produces European rockets, and the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO), which concentrates mostly on satellites. According to conference observers, the United States recognises that Europe has enough technological background to make a significant contribution to the "space shuttle" concept.

    Thirteen European countries were represented along with Australia, which provides the Woomera rocket range for ELDO. Seven other countries sent observers.

    Another main topic to be decided was whether ELDO and ESRO should be merged to give Europe a central space authority.

    Britain was expected to be urged to reverse the Labour Government's decision to drop out of ELDO when her commitments to it end next year.

    If the conference decided to join America's "post-Apollo" programme, observers estimate that Europe would need to be responsible for around 10 to 15 per cent of the project and that the cost to Europe over a period of years would be more than one thousand million pounds sterling.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABUJNMIKUAVT2R92POLTSFR7C5
    Media URN:
    VLVABUJNMIKUAVT2R92POLTSFR7C5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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