Latest Criticism of the Space Shuttle program Stories

2011-07-08 12:52:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle program is underway, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Space Systems Company (LMSSC) has played a significant role from the very beginning. In addition to important shuttle systems that were a part of every flight, the company has had payloads on at least 30 missions that included spacecraft, satellites, instruments, telescopes, experiments, and various components. "NASA's space shuttle has transformed...

2009-01-09 14:30:00

NASA's chief said Thursday, that the cost of continuing the life of the space shuttle past next year's planned retirement is $3 billion a year plus extending the risk of a deadly accident.Michael Griffin, a NASA Administrator, told an industry group that NASA has looked into what it would take to keep flying the aging shuttle past 2010.  Otherwise, it will mean five years on relying on Russia to get astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).President George W. Bush declared...

2008-08-30 15:10:00

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said he wants to know if the U.S. space shuttle can fly beyond its planned retirement in 2010, an e-mail shows. The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Saturday that an e-mail it obtained reveals Griffin ordered his staff to research the question. Previously, Griffin has argued against using the shuttle beyond 2010. He has said doing so could endanger astronauts and threaten NASA's fledgling Constellation program, a system of new rockets and capsules intended...

2006-08-03 18:25:00

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Engineers designing the new U.S. moon rocket said Thursday they plan to cover part of it with the same type of foam that doomed Columbia and has been a problem throughout the space shuttle program. The dense, brittle foam will likely fall off the new rocket just like it has from the shuttle's external fuel tank, they said. But NASA doesn't expect it to pose any safety concerns. Used as insulation for tanks that hold super-cold rocket fuels, foam has been falling off the...

2006-07-13 16:25:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA would get an additional $1 billion in funds to help cover the costs of returning the space shuttle to flight under a bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The $51.2 billion fiscal 2007 spending bill for space, science, law enforcement and other federal programs likely will be debated by the full Senate sometime this summer. Space shuttle missions were suspended in February, 2003, immediately after the shuttle Columbia...

2004-11-25 15:00:07

IN SHORT What: The Last Flight of the Columbia Where: TV3 When: 8.30pm, Thursday . THE Last Flight of the Columbia is the story of the disaster that everyone predicted, but no one seemed able to stop. How serious were the warnings of the impending crisis before space shuttle Columbia took flight in 2003? Should the launch have been halted? Or could a loose piece of foam have doomed the craft before it even left the atmosphere? Featuring revealing insights from the people who...

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