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Space transportation activities in the United StatesThe status of the existing space transportation systems in the U.S. and options for increased capability is being examined in the context of mission requirements, options for new vehicles, cost to operate the existing vehicles, cost to develop new vehicles, and the capabilities and plans of other suppliers. This assessment is addressing the need to build and resupply the space station, to maintain necessary military assets in a rapidly changing world, and to continue a competitive commercial space transportation industry. The Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA each conducted an 'access to space' study using a common mission model but with the emphasis on their unique requirements. Both studies considered three options: maintain and improve the existing capability, build a new launch vehicle using contemporary technology, and build a new launch vehicle using advanced technology. While no decisions have been made on a course of action, it will be influenced by the availability of funds in the U.S. budget, the changing need for military space assets, the increasing competition among space launch suppliers, and the emerging opportunity for an advanced technology, low cost system and international partnerships to develop it.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Gabris, Edward A.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: ESA, Proceedings of the European Forum on Space Transportation Systems
Subject Category
Space Transportation
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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