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Fraser
2003-Oct-29, 07:10 PM
SUMMARY: Key members of the United States Congress are asking NASA to postpone further work on the Orbital Space Plane until the government decides what its next steps in space are going to be. Expected to cost $13 billion over the next 5 years, the OSP would provide a new way to transfer crews to and from the International Space Station. Two contractor teams, Boeing and Lockheed Martin/Grumman/Orbital Sciences, are competing to build the OSP - the winning team would be selected by this summer. NASA acknowledged the request, but they haven't said if they're going to comply yet.


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DippyHippy
2003-Oct-30, 05:28 AM
:angry: Why am I not surprised?

NASA needs something to replace it&#39;s out-of-date (and dangerous?) Space Shuttles... Congress just wants to dodge the issue of funding. It&#39;s got nothing to do with deciding the course of America&#39;s future space exploration plans. <_<

Haglund
2003-Oct-30, 07:48 AM
I think that a new generation of shuttles will be cheaper and safer than the first one. They will have learned a lot, and also perhaps the goals for the new shuttle will be more realistic.

Jon guck
2004-Feb-24, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by fraser@Oct 29 2003, 07:10 PM
SUMMARY: Key members of the United States Congress are asking NASA to postpone further work on the Orbital Space Plane until the government decides what its next steps in space are going to be. Expected to cost &#036;13 billion over the next 5 years, the OSP would provide a new way to transfer crews to and from the International Space Station. Two contractor teams, Boeing and Lockheed Martin/Grumman/Orbital Sciences, are competing to build the OSP - the winning team would be selected by this summer. NASA acknowledged the request, but they haven&#39;t said if they&#39;re going to comply yet.


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This thing is so stupid why spend 13 billion over five years for a new space craft it&#39;s such a waste of money while we could spend it something right know instead of the future. It&#39;s a joke.