there is one extra launch of Atlantis scheduled. After that, the shuttles retire, long previous due for it. they have served some distance longer than meant. confident, that's going to be the top of the commute application continuously, that's style of ways it must be till you fairly like killing astronauts. it won't, in spite of if, be the top of manned spaceflight. that's going to be approximately 3-4 years in the previous NASA's alternative (outfitted around the Orion pill, which became appropriate to the only factor of the Constellation application to get on the factor of of entirety, and a few off-the-shelf launch answer) comes online. contained on the instant, curiously like Soyuz and the hot SpaceX Dragon (try-released this December) would be used for servicing the ISS. the US, of course, keeps unmanned launch applications via using the Delta family individuals of launch automobiles. It has grow to be the popular ability for fairly boosting payloads, given the Shuttles' universal launch delays and lack of ability to apply the Centaur booster for geosynchronous payload transport. you will possibly ok see Delta IV Heavies lifting the Orion spacecraft to LEO interior the close to destiny. regrettably, the way forward for us manned spaceflight after the commute have been lumped right into a single 'do-each and every thing' application referred to as Constellation, which blanketed ideas for the two NASA's orbital applications and a return to the moon, lumped right into a single family individuals of spacecraft. It blanketed the Orion pill, the Altair lander, and the Ares I and Ares V launch automobiles. this methodology lumbered, flailed, and haemorrhaged funds, ending up vastly not on time with in basic terms the Orion systems everywhere on the factor of of entirety. it is the perfect reason for the delay, inspite of the shown fact that it style of feels as though it might nicely be rectified via the corporate of the Obama administration's national area coverage, that's extra of a staged recommendations-set than a 'do it suddenly' plan.