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NASA encounters long-term problems with Shuttle.
What's the probable outcome of it is ahead?
Green Wrote:What's the probable outcome of it is ahead?
Predicted future: Shuttle is scraped, NASA focuses on teleportation and building a working Bird of prey from Star trek. Russia takes over all space missions for the next century.
Or, as I just read in the science forum, China does.
Actually, the shuttle was obsolete even before it got into space. I is in serious need of replacement, and none too soon IMO.
NASA has several replacement vehicles in full development, and these vehicles are on Bush's list of priorities. We won't be going to the moon and/or Mars using the space shuttle.
I've moved this thread over to the science section, since it has alot to do with science and space. :o 8)
COS Wrote:
Green Wrote:What's the probable outcome of it is ahead?
Predicted future: Shuttle is scraped, NASA focuses on teleportation and building a working Bird of prey from Star trek. Russia takes over all space missions for the next century.
I think the space must belong to the pioneers of the space 8)
*nods in earnest like a full-bred American*
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Russia’s spacecraft building corporation Energia has unveiled a life-size model of the new Russian space shuttle, the Itar-Tass news agency reports.The Clipper spacecraft will replace the disposable Soyuz which is currently used to man the International Space Station. Energia specialists said that if sufficient finances are allocated for the Clipper program, the spacecraft could be launched in five to seven years. They also said that the price of the Russian shuttle would be approximately ten times less than U.S. analogues. The main difference of the Clipper from U.S. space shuttles and the Russian shuttle Buran is that it is made of two parts and only the piloted compartment is actually of multiple use. The hardware compartment will be disposable, just like present Russian spaceships. One Clipper spacecraft will be capable of 25 space missions.The experts also pointed at another advantage of the new spacecraft— high precision landing will allow it to land on Russian airfields and not in Kazakhstan like Soyuz landing modules. Valeriy Ryumin, deputy chief designer of the Energiya Corporation and a former cosmonaut has called the Clipper “the spaceship of the future”. “Neither the USA nor Europe currently possess anything of its kind,” Ryumin said.
www.mosnews.com
Quote:“Neither the USA nor Europe currently possess anything of its kind,” Ryumin said.

And neither does Russia. Mr. Ryumin is looking for investors.