Stories tagged Ares rocket

Jun
08
2007

NASA's new ride: This artist's rendition shows what the new Orion orbiter and Ares rocket might look like when it takes astronauts and payloads into space. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
NASA's new ride: This artist's rendition shows what the new Orion orbiter and Ares rocket might look like when it takes astronauts and payloads into space. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
Good news!!! NASA announced today that its shuttle replacement timetable has been moved up. The new spacecraft should be ready by 2013, two years faster than earlier predicted. Readers of Science Buzz may remember the story posted back in March about a five-year gap in U.S. space access capabilities.

The current NASA schedule calls for 16 more shuttle flights through 2010. The new proposed spacecraft, Ares rockets and Orion Crew Exploratory Vehicle, will have a lot more carrying capacity than the current shuttle fleet. The Ares V that is proposed could carry five or six times the cargo of the current shuttles.