Space shuttle replacement delayed

by Joe on Aug. 12th, 2008

The Orion crew exploration vehicle: This artist's rendering of Orion crew exploration vehicle in lunar orbit. (Depicts obsolete configuration.) Image courtesy: Lockheed Martin Corp.
The Orion crew exploration vehicle: This artist's rendering of Orion crew exploration vehicle in lunar orbit. (Depicts obsolete configuration.) Image courtesy: Lockheed Martin Corp.
I was emailed this story today by a co-worker that had the subject line, "No Orion in 2013" which made me think something was going down with the constellation of Orion - but that's not it.

Officials at NASA announced yesterday that they have abandoned plans to get the Orion crew capsules, the replacement for the retiring U.S. space shuttles, into service by 2013. Officials site a lack of additional funds and technical issues as the cause. The original plan was to get the new launch systems in place by 2015, but since the shuttles are expected to retire in 2010, NASA was pushing to close the gap. They are now aiming for 2014. NASA will depend on Russian launch vehicles to get crews to the International Space Station in the interim.

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