Posts Tagged ‘Extension’

Next Gen Shuttle-Capable vehicle interest as secret effort to save orbiters ends


For the past several months, a plan to restart shuttle operations – funded by billions of dollars of secured non-government investment – was under evaluation with NASA and…

Lawmakers told shuttle restart questions are years too late


During Wednesday’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Hearing – which focused on the Russian investigation into their recent Soyuz failure – the question on restarting shuttle was once again…

Reversing the nonsensical retirement of Shuttle requires a miracle – DeCastro


As the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) heads into its final week of operations, United Space Alliance (USA) Vice President and SSP manager Howard DeCastro has spoken about how…

NASA managers refine launch dates – deadline approaching for STS-135


As has been expected for many weeks, NASA managers have approved the Change Requests (CR) for the launch dates of the next two shuttle missions. With STS-133 moving…

President Obama visits KSC – SSP waiting on shuttle direction


The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) have noted the potential to add STS-135 to the manifest may come via direction from President Obama’s visit to KSC on Thursday. Amid rumors…

Lawmakers produce Bill to extend shuttle to 2015, utilize CxP, advance HLV


Senator Kay Hutchison – in conjunction with Representatives Suzanne Kosmas and Bill Posey – has produced a 37 page Bill that proposes major refinements to NASA’s FY2011 proposal,…

SSP aiming to find the balance between Shuttle legacy and HLV advancement


As the Heavy Lift Launch Team (HLV) transition from the Shuttle Derived vehicle to a Technology Development Activity (TDA) effort, led by engineers associated with the Space Shuttle…

Taking aim on Phobos – NASA outline Flexible Path precursor to man on Mars


With the official opening statements on the overhaul of NASA’s future expected “soon”, the realignment of NASA’s future goals will create a Human Space Flight path that will…

Battle of the Heavy Lift Launchers – Monster 200mt vehicle noted


2010 will mark a number of key decisions for NASA, not least the potential switch from the current Ares I/V architecture to an alternative mix of commerical crew…

NASA’s future direction – extra shuttle flights and commerical launcher touted


MOD Director Paul Hill has hinted that there’s a “remote” chance NASA may add one or more shuttle flights, in addition to “under evaluation” STS-135. Mr Hill’s comments…

Extension decision no closer after “one heck of a year” for shuttle


The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) will have “no idea” where it stands from a budget standpoint until February, as the viability of extending the shuttle manifest continues to…

SSP fight back at ASAP Augustine Hearing claim on Shuttle risk


Space Shuttle Program (SSP) manager John Shannon has claimed that Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) leader Admiral Joseph W. Dyer’s opposition to an extension of the shuttle manifest,…

Augustine Review: October summit set to reveal NASA’s forward path


The strategic direction of NASA is set to be announced in the first week of October, when new administrator Charlie Bolden and Human Space Flight Review panel chairman…

HLV Raw: SSP side project making good progress for Augustine Review


With the key decision points for the Augustine Commission fast approaching, one of the favorite alternatives to the Ares vehicles – the SD HLLV (Shuttle Derived Heavy Lift…

CVFA work begins on Discovery – SSP told to focus amid Augustine Review


Work has started on replacing the Check Valve Filter Assembly (CVFA) and associated hardware on Discovery’s left hand Solid Rocket Booster (SRB), as engineers continue to evaluation potential…

Major Shuttle and ISS extension drive taking place at the Augustine Commission


With NASA authorization language already being drawn up behind the scenes by Congress, Augustine Commission ISS/Shuttle subgroup lead Dr Sally Ride – along with several key NASA and…

NASA managers present two shuttle extension options to lawmakers


In what is likely to be the final attempt to close the minimum five year gap between the current shuttle retirement date and debuting of Ares/Orion manned flight…

Ares/Orion slipping up to 18 months – Shuttle extension gains upper hand


NASA’s Constellation Program (CxP) will conduct a “Content and Schedule” summit meeting in the next few months, after it was evaluated their current schedules are “broken”. The meeting…

Ares I-X delayed – Atlantis rollover to VAB completed ahead of dual pad option


The Constellation Program (CxP) test flight, Ares I-X, has slipped three weeks to a NET (No Earlier Than) July 31 – with the potential for more delays –…

Extra NASA funds: An initial step towards gap reduction options/extension


US lawmakers have agreed on a stimulus package that includes just over $1 billion in additional funds for NASA, to be utilized during 2009 and 2010. While the…