Skip to comments.NASA considers plan to preserve shuttle for future flights
Posted on 02/04/2011 2:59:54 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
NASA's space shuttle orbiters may not be destined for a museum in five months, after all.
Agency officials are conducting a "what-if budget exercise" that could keep the orbiters potentially flight-worthy for several more years, NASA says.
The option may offer a tantalizing alternative to the space shuttle workforce, who now must find new jobs before mid-year.
Currently, NASA plans to retire all three orbiters - including Discovery after a scheduled flight in February, Endeavour after a planned trip in April and finally Atlantis after it returns from a scheduled launch in June.
Meanwhile, NASA has asked the space industry to propose commercial vehicles to replace the shuttle orbiters, with the Russian Soyuz capsule relied upon to ferry crew and cargo to the International Space Station in the interim
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Lets just wait to see what the Islamic brotherhood has to say about it before we go off half cocked
Question: How much does NASA pay the Russian government
for the cab fare in that 1970’s Soyuz bucket?
I bet you it stinks like an Egyptian cab in N.Y.City.
Shoot Obama into the Sun. Use his golf, food and Airforce1 budget to refurbish and run the shuttles.
It works and has not killed anyone for a while. NASA was good when the Germans ran it.
In 2007, NASA signed a $719 million contract for 15 Soyuz seats (15 up, 15 down) as well as for 5.6 tonnes of cargo. That works out to nearly $48 million per seat.
Give the shuttles to private industry who will clean up and modernize the design and add such politically-incorrect features as the ability to take off and land with no human on board (something none of our shuttles can do currently, by deliberate design).
While I’m dreaming, I’d have each launch deposit the big cryo tanks into a holding orbit for consolidation into a big space station (again, something NASA could have done and chose not to).
I'll do it for $47.5M, plus I'll throw in free peanuts and in-flight headphones.
Bad idea imho.
Hey, lets not jump to conclusions... ;^)
I thought NASA was going to let the muslims take us to space from now on (with all those contributions to space travel they’re praising the muzzies for)?
You might want to have the mods remove that one I know people that have had visits for less than that
and how would this further relations with the Islamic world?
the year 2030, hey I have an idea lets take the 2010 space shuttle up for a run. Hey NASA stick to making Islamics feel good about themselves
Really? The spender-in-chief is gonna send the SS on an international trip?? Maybe they can use a shuttle??
Im just sayin don't put those two words so close together just trying to be helpful
The Orbiters are a poor and highly compromised design. It would be better to build a new ones from scratch.
Lol. It was too late to remove after something like ten seconds, that's how fast the engines mine these days. Go out and google for your last post, and you'll see.
But the point is, the algorithms in play are a little more sophisticated than false-alarming all over the place.
Another failure of America as we surrender space.
Space Shuttle Discovery: 1984. (26 years in service)
Space Shuttle Atlantis: 1985 (25 years in service)
Space Shuttle Endeavour:1992 (19 years in service)
Show of hands please!
How many would take a trip across country in a 26 year old car even if it was maintained by the best mechanics
.....let alone blast into space under tremendous forces and a failure of any type would mean almost certain death
I’d feel safer riding in a Soyuz than the shuttle, any day.
“Lets just wait to see what the Islamic brotherhood has to say about it before we go off half cocked”
Good point - we should be VERY CAREFUL about taking any action (like protecting the 8,000,000 Christians in Egypt) without checking with the Brotherhood first.
Thank gGod they are still people that would America still has some things right
Thank God they are still people that would America still has some things right
Interesting exchange ... it obviously was not a threat but as I think Al intimates, anything close may raise your profile several notches at the federal level.
My worry is to what extent good people seeing great troubles ahead may self-censor their thoughts, their fears, their considered solutions?
For this reason I refuse to post how I think we should use every legal means at our disposal to get the won out of power as soon as possible. Well, maybe I should mention a couple of things ... ;-)
At possibly great risk I declare myself to be an American and apparently a Birther. I don’t have all the details on 3x5s cross-indexed but I am aware that there are a whole lot more questions than answers regarding almost every aspect of our president’s life.
You need a certified birth certificate to sign your kid up for T-Ball. I think our president could show us the same courtesy.
More on point, conceding orbital territory to Russia and China, scrapping our working system while hoping for something new is outrageously stupid.
Luckily NASA looks like they’ll make another attraction for central Florida: “Our baseline plan continues to be to process the shuttle orbiters for retirement and prepare them for display after their last flights,” NASA says. “
Stupidity to the millionth power (very stupid ;-) ...
Note how by ending with a sarc off tag the SS and powers that be will realize I was only kidding. ;-)
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