Google News article NASA has revealed that a “space needle” made by the company SpaceHIPS will be used to launch the new shuttle, which will be named after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.
SpaceHIPS, which was created by space hardware company SpaceHole Technologies, has been designed to be “uncompromised” by the weight of the SpaceShuttle.
In the space needle, which weighs 1.3 kilograms, the needle will be positioned to fit within the “space shuttle core” which was developed during the early years of the space program.
The new shuttle will be built using materials from the Shuttle Discovery, which arrived in 1985, and from a NASA-developed Solid Rocket Booster, which is currently in the midst of a refurbishment.
The space needle was first seen on stage during the first launch of the Soyuz capsule from Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
The space needles used by SpaceHIps, which can be launched into space for a total of up to 5 hours, will be able to provide additional propulsion to the Space shuttle, as well as provide a more stable platform for payloads.
“The new Space Shuttle will be a space shuttle in space,” said Doug Hurley, SpaceHoles chief executive officer.
It will have “an all-new design, with a solid aluminum and ceramic composite structure”, he added.
While the new space shuttle is scheduled to begin launch later this year, the SpaceHOLES team says it will begin working on the project “as soon as we can”.
“We are excited to finally deliver a launch vehicle with a more powerful and stable structure,” Hurley said.
A number of new companies are now developing products for the new Spaceshuttle.
The company Spacecraft Technology Solutions is using materials and processes from the Space Age, and the first of these is SpaceHIES, which has been working on a design for the space shuttle’s first-stage that will include “a titanium core and a composite structure”.
The company is also developing “advanced aerospace components” and a “compact booster”.
NASA plans to launch two shuttle boosters and two SpaceHIAMS, but the agency has not yet said how many of these payloads will be launched.