The space agency has today awarded a €129.4 million (£118 million) contract to an industry consortium led by German space company OHB.
This contract is intended to cover the design, manufacture and testing of Hera, for the first-ever mission for planetary defence.
This unmanned mission will perform sustained exploration of a double asteroid system.
Hera will work in tandem with NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) probe.
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