Monday, February 07, 2011

Shuttles to continue to fly?!


In a recent article on Dvice I read something very interesting concerning the remaining NASA Shuttles. As you know NASA has promised shuttles to museums and the like, but an interesting alternative seems to have snuck in. There may be life left in the program for two of the remaining shuttles.

From the article:
  • Most of the people involved in the space shuttle program aren't actually working for NASA. Instead, they're contractors, working for a company called United Space Alliance, which is a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
  • USA is asking NASA to let it take things over and launch Atlantis and Endeavour twice a year carrying commercial cargo starting in 2013. It would be called the Commercial Shuttle Transportation Service.
Now before your skivvies get too wet, everyone involved so far is calling it a long shot and NASA hasn't even commented...

2 comments:

Michael852 said...

Sounds like a good idea to me. Maybe NASA could get some kick-backs to supplement their budget.

Beam Me Up said...

Michael
Oh I don't think they are going to give away the vehicles by any stretch, but you know...your idea has merit. What better way to invest in the future than to supply the machines and say....you know, all we want is a cut...