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Redesign Is Seen for Next Craft, NASA Aides Say - New York Times

Redesign Is Seen for Next Craft, NASA Aides Say – New York Times

For its next generation of space vehicles, NASA has decided to abandon the design principles that went into the aging space shuttle, agency officials and private experts say. Skip to next paragraph Manned Spacecraft Gets a Remake Shuttle Repairs to Be Tried in Spacewalk (August 2, 2005) Forum: Space and the Cosmos The Return to Space With so much riding on the Discovery launching, critical changes have been made to the shuttle. Also, a look back at the history of the shuttle program. Instead, they say, the new vehicles will rearrange the shuttle's components into a safer, more powerful family of traditional rockets. The plan would separate the jobs of hauling people and cargo into orbit and would put the payloads on top of the rockets – as far as possible from the dangers of firing engines and falling debris, which were responsible for the accidents that destroyed the shuttle Challenger in 1986 and the Columbia in 2003.

Just hurry up and get it done. 2010 is tomorrow in space industry terms.


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