NASA moving beyond shuttle-derived heavy lifters in final option study
Engineers here and at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center are balancing engineering options and congressional directives to begin developing a new heavy-lift launch vehicle in 2011. Senior managers are expected to meet this week to map out how they will carry out Congress’s order that development of a new heavy lifter be started as soon as possible, using heritage workforce and hardware from the space shuttle and Constellation programs “to the extent practicable.” The U.S. space ...
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