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Shuttle Alternatives for ISS Support Still Undetermined

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
June 1, 2005

GAO Report: NASA – More Knowledge Needed to Determine Best Alternatives to Provide Space Station Logistics Support

“NASA’s 2004 assessment identified significant challenges associated with using alternative launch vehicles for space station assembly and operation. According to previous studies and our discussions with industry representatives, these challenges would likely preclude using alternative vehicles for assembly missions. However, NASA’s assessment was insufficient to conclude that the shuttle was the best option for logistics support missions prior to the proposed retirement of the space shuttle in 2010.”

Sen. Brownback Comments on GAO Report on NASA and Space Shuttle

“It’s now clear that NASA had not done its homework on vetting space shuttle alternatives,” Brownback said.”

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