The Evolving Space Shuttle: Upgrading to a Safer, Cheaper and More
Today's Space Shuttle,
still less than one-quarter of the way through its design lifetime,
is safer, more capable and less expensive to fly than ever before
thanks to enhancements from new technologies incorporated into the
original Shuttle design and improvements to the Shuttle's operation.
Since the first flight of Columbia in 1981, the Space Shuttle has
launched more than 2 million pounds of cargo and over 500 passengers
into orbit. The Shuttle continues to be the most reliable launch
vehicle in the world, with unique capabilities that are unmatched.
Space Shuttle Development Conference|
Space Shuttle Development Conference provides the opportunity for
organizations to present emerging technologies and system concepts
as candidates for upgrades to the Space Shuttle.