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2003-Jul-20, 10:09 AM
SUMMARY: NASA believes it's one step closer to replacing the aging space shuttle fleet. After analyzing hundreds of potential vehicle concepts, the Space Launch Initiative (SLI) has short listed the potential suppliers down to three teams: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Orbital Sciences/Northrop Grumman. Each team has provided several ideas that fulfill the requirements of the SLI: carry humans and satellites into orbit; carry government or commercial payloads; be operated by the private industry; and launch at a fraction of the cost of the space shuttle.

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2003-Jul-20, 10:43 AM
Is there a URL with info on the possible future designs?

2003-Jul-21, 06:55 AM
Isn't this the same story that we hear every few years? NASA is upgrading ... it's going to be really cheap and much better ... oh it's not so cheap ... oh it's been shelved.

Let's hope that this time it's different!