The design, which has been produced by EADS Astrium, is based on the unmanned “Jules Verne” freighter recently sent to the International Space Station.
Astrium says a crewed version of the truck is a logical evolution, and could fly in the next decade if it received support from European governments.
Key states – Germany, France, and Italy – are said to be very interested.
The model unveiled at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin is one-for-one in scale.
The idea is to combine what is essentially the avionics and propulsion end of Jules Verne (also known as the Automated Transfer Vehicle – ATV) with a crew compartment taking the place of the current cargo section. – bbc