According to a NASA announcement made on Monday, July 18, 2011, United Launch Alliance (UAL) will look into the possibility of launching astronauts into space with its Atlas V rocket.
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.
With Obama and Congress still unsure about how NASA should proceed with its manned space program, NASA continues with privately funded companies as a way to transport cargo and astronauts back and forth into space. As of April 2010, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is preparing for its maiden launch from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 30.
Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceThe rocket that will send humans into space further than anyone has gone before (to asteroids, Mars, and beyond) has passed a major NASA review, as announced on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
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.
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.
NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat. However, the rising tensions in Ukraine may have also been a factor in the push for U.S. contracts. Read More
The U.S. space agency NASA announced on June 13, 2011, that it is ready to test its new upper stage rocket that will propel the United States past low-Earth orbit and toward the planets of our Solar System.
The U.S. space agency NASA issued an announcement on June 29, 2010, that it is looking for a heavy-lift rocket to help the United States reach the Moon, asteroids, Mars, and other far-flung destinations in our Solar System. Do you have what it takes to build such a vehicle?