On Monday, April 18, 2011, NASA announced that it has awarded Space Act Agreements to four companies to develop designs for the next capsule that will send U.S. astronauts into low-Earth orbit.
NASA announced construction on the first manned Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle is progressing. The new capsule will introduce Americans to a new generation of space capsules – with the ability to take astronauts out of Earth orbit and into deep space.
The U.S. space agency NASA announced Tuesday, May 24, 2011, that its next-generation space capsule, which will take astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, will be based on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.
NASA is preparing to get back into the business of space exploration with the first live test of Lockheed Martin’s Orion capsule. The capsule will most likely be the craft that will eventually take astronauts into deep space and other planets, namely Mars, and return safely to Earth.
Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceOn Friday, August 3, 2012, NASA announced an important decision in its activities to be able to send its own astronauts into space. It has selected SpaceX to develop the next-generation spacecraft to transport U.S. astronauts back and forth into space.
The design of the new NASA rocket that will take astronauts out beyond low-Earth orbit has been selected by the U.S. agency. It’s a whopper, eventually being the most powerful rocket ever built. NASA calls the entire program the Space Launch System.
NASA has signed an agreement with Alliant Techsystems (ATK) to develop the Liberty Launch System as part of the NASA’s plans to help commercial (private) companies provide ferry services to and from low-Earth orbit, such as the International Space Station.
NASA announced on October 3, 2011, that in early November it will begin the process to find new astronauts to support its Expedition missions to the International Space Station and future missions to the inner solar system. This latest group of astronauts will be NASA Group 21.
The spacecraft – Dragon -- being developed by SpaceX is one of the best commercial chances (maybe the best!) for NASA to be able to once again send astronauts back and forth into space. The American space transport company just released pictures and descriptions of the interior of its space capsule. Look inside of Dragon for the future of U.S. manned space transport.