Posted November 07, 2019 12:17:30NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. are in advanced talks to build a new launch site for the agency’s newest shuttle.
The agency plans to use the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin building the new site in 2020, after the space shuttle is retired in 2019.
The company, which is developing the Cygnus spacecraft, will be leasing a former Boeing 747 hangar to build the new launch pad, said a company spokesman.
The space agency and Orbital have worked on a variety of launch projects, including the Atlas V rocket used for the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.
Orbital is planning to begin testing a launch vehicle next month.
The Space Shuttle Discovery is expected to land on a pad at Kennedy Space Centre on December 18, 2019.
It will be used to carry astronauts to and from the orbiting outpost, which will be known as Space Launch Complex-40.
The Cygnis spacecraft will launch from the pad.
NASA plans to retire the space shuttles at the end of 2020, but it is unclear when.
The shuttle program was designed to last until 2024.
The last flight of the shuttle is scheduled for 2024.
The space shuttle Columbia’s launch site is being developed as a joint venture between NASA and Orbital.
Orbital has leased a former 747 hangar in the Kennedy space center in Florida.
The project will also involve the development of a launch site.
NASA and Boeing are working on a new space shuttle launch site at the Kennedy spaceport in Florida, according to a company spokesperson.
A rocket carrying NASA astronauts, astronauts and payloads to the International Space Station was launched by the Cyclone rocket from the Kennedy site in Florida on Monday.
— NASA is considering using a Boeing 747-400F jet to launch its new Space Launch System rocket, which the agency plans for the first time to fly on a test flight by 2020, officials said.
“The Space Launch system will be launched from Kennedy Space Complex- 40, Florida,” a NASA official said on Tuesday.
On Monday, NASA and Boeing officials said the launch could be in the early 2020s.
Cygnus is a two-stage vehicle that would be launched atop a Boeing 737-800 rocket and carry up to eight people to a space station orbiting the Earth.
It is being built by Orbital Sciences, the space agency’s main contractor.
Space shuttle Atlantis, which was used to launch the first space shuttle, retired from the shuttle fleet in 2004.
Last week, NASA announced it had canceled plans to fly a shuttle mission with a Boeing 757-200B on the next test flight of its new launch vehicle, known as Exploration Mission-1.
The first test flight was scheduled for the end-of-2020s launch.
Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner rocket, one of the most advanced commercial rockets ever built, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 25.
The mission will mark the first use of a commercial rocket in the history of the space station.