'Recycled' space shuttle receives safety boost

'Recycled' space shuttle receives safety boost


THE prospect of building a new, improved rocket from parts of the space shuttle is a step closer, thanks to a safety study. The Ares I rocket NASA is developing to replace the space shuttle is beset by technical faults and a shortage of funds. As an alternative, space shuttle manager John Shannon recently proposed a launcher called the Heavy Lift Vehicle (HLV). To keep costs to a minimum, it would use existing hardware, including the space shuttle’s main engines, external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters, to launch an Apollo-like crew capsule into Earth orbit. However,
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