When will a replacement for the Space Shuttle be ready?

I understand NASA is working on a replacement aircraft/spaceship for the space shuttle. Does anyone have any clue as to when this might be ready for launch? Thanks.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    The Space Launch System (STS) will be replacing the retired Shuttle. We don't know how soon we'll have it, but we do know how long it has the potential to take. Im the worst possible scenario, it will be in 2017. WORST case, I must point that out again for emphasis.

    But its just too soon to say when in the next 5 years itll show up.

    edit: im yo: Did you not just read what I wrote? We have a design, its being made. We retired the shuttles *because they sucked and were exploding!* How does funding and actively developing and building the SLS translate to "shut down"? Because im pretty sure its the opposite of that

  • 8 years ago

    NASA is not going to replace the Space Shuttle itself. The Space Shuttle was a low earth orbit system meant to service and launch satellites, provide a platform for zero G experiments, and move to and from the International Space Station. NASA has no intention of building a new low earth orbit rocket system. It is outsourcing that to the private sector, which will be able to provide vehicles and launch platforms at a fraction of the cost of NASA due to not being held back by bureaucratic inefficiencies inherent in NASA.

    The next launch system NASA intends to develop is the SLS, these rockets will be used to ferry astronauts to NEO's(Near Earth Objects) such as asteroids, and eventually will take astronauts to Mars. They will not replace the Space Shuttle, because they are being designed for a completely different purpose.

  • 8 years ago

    For Earth orbit and ISS support operations, the SpaceX Falcon 9 with the Dragon capsule. It will be commencing cargo flights to the ISS in the very near future, and manned flights within the next couple of years. This craft will be the most direct replacement to the Shuttles within its mission profile.

    The SLS, despite being capable of supporting ISS operations, is more designed for long-range operations. Its first manned exploration mission will PROBABLY be a lunar orbit (no landing) mission in ~2019.

  • 8 years ago

    One replacement candidate is the Falcon 9 rocket. The next launch is scheduled for April 30, two weeks from now. http://www.spacex.com/

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    ...well, the Obama Administration has basically (Shut Down) the Space Program so... you might want to check with the Russians ! (that's how "we" get in Space now... "we" Fly with the Russians)

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