In order to
enhance the opportunities for the European Partners to determine and express
their interest in the planning and use of the Space Shuttle system, and
particularly the SL, the Government of the United States of America will
associate representatives of the European Partners, through consultation and
as observers, with mission definition planning for use of the system as well
as with planning and management of the overall development of the system.
Government of the United States of America will consult with the European
Partners on the appropriate measures to be taken in the event the Space
Shuttle programme is not continued, and will, consistent with United States
policy and the objectives of Articles 7 and 8, make available to the European
Partners or ESRO existing alternative launchers for missions of the European
Partners being developed for SL flights.