We will fly to the ISS with Boeing or to Mars with SpaceX vessel? Flips the universe spaceship called persecutor with a romantic dream? These are all questions that no one yet knows the exact answer.
One more start and end. Space Shuttles ends. All machines will go to museums. Serving the ISS, there transported people, supplies, and individual parts. It brought many astronomical satellites and spy. Their crews have learned to arrive at some satellites and fix them on the track, are legendary expeditions to service the Hubble astronomical body. But now the end.
Shuttles serving since 1981, and although the engineers at every major maintenance, equipping sophisticated electronics are now obsolete. President George Bush has set in 2004, Constellation Program, under which the shuttles were to replace the Orion spacecraft carried aloft into space Ares rockets.
By 2020, these new vessels had to return to the moon. Unlike the Apollo, when astronauts lived there only a few hours or days, are counted with the construction of a permanent research base. Before the flight, Orion can ensure transport people to the ISS with Russian Soyuz.
However, the government released for NASA so little money that the term first scheduled launch of Orion in the middle of this decade was realistic. The development of the Ares rocket ship and 1 is lagged.
Obama to blame for chaos
Bush’s successor, Barack Obama last year, sharply turned the helm of American Space: the Moon will not come back, our goal is to asteroids. Project Constellation canceled, and later under pressure from politicians, businesses and experts agreed to build a stripped down version of the ship Orion.
The moon will not come back, our goal is to asteroids.
However, this brought about confusion and redundancy in both the NASA centers and collaborating with factories – many of experienced professionals leave. Routine operation of the ISS to ensure their boats private firms, while NASA’s Office will be paid perspektivnějším tasks. The government began to assign companies to develop space vehicles, relatively modest subsidies in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Russian taxi Americans continue to count. In March, NASA concluded with the Russian Federal Space Agency contract for the years 2014-2016. Russians transported to the ISS twelve plus two other Americans from the West for their tickets will pay $ 753 million, ie 63 million per ticket.