Monday, August 6, 2007

As the Space Shuttles Age...

As the day nears when the space shuttle program will be retired, NASA is already making final-end decisions about their Orion fleet.

NASA originally decided that when astronauts would return to Earth (Using Orion Spacecraft), the space vehicle would use air bags to land on the ground. NASA and their contractor Lockheed Martian have decided to scrap that concept and go back to using an Apollo-style landing by splashing into the oceans. This will cut weight of of the mass and in turn, cost less.

Because all three space shuttles will be retired, NASA has already made plans for the three Orbiter Processing Facilities to be demolished between 2010 and 2012.

Original Article: NASA Spaceflight