Following that, NASA plans on helping launch privately run space shuttle programs.
NASA space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station at 11:26 am EDT on July 8, which will be the final flight in the 30-year shuttle program.
NASA is trying to avoid a lengthy gap like the one between the Apollo and shuttle programs
, which lasted from 1975 to 1981.
Participants for Friday's media teleconference: -- William Readdy, associate administrator for Space Operations and Space Flight Leadership Council co-chair -- Walt Cantrell, Space Flight Leadership Council co-chair -- Michael Kostelnik, deputy associate administrator for International Space Station and Space Shuttle Programs
The council directed the Space Shuttle Program to assess how it would meet Return to Flight milestones for the next available launch window, which opens May 14, 2005.
The Company's Government Services business unit supports NASA's Johnson Space Center providing configuration management, product engineering, and support services for both the Space Station and Space Shuttle programs
West Valley Smart Shuttle is the hardest hit of the four shuttle programs, which started in September 1997 as an experiment intended to fill a low-cost niche somewhere between a taxi and a large bus.
The city's three other Smart Shuttle programs also are radically scaling back services, but not as drastically as the West Valley Smart Shuttle.
In addition to the Space Station and the Space Shuttle programs
, Truly named four other programs and efforts which will now be led by lead centers.
One of the first tasks to be performed by the astronauts on this spacewalk is to remove a grapple bar and install it on a pump module, both transported to space on our ICC," said Pete Paceley, SPACEHAB Vice President Shuttle Programs
Furia said that lessons learned in the space shuttle program
were helpful in the critical balancing requirements of the high-speed rotating mass within the flywheel battery.
As commercial payload service supplier to the space shuttle program
and commercial cargo service provider to both the space station Mir and the International Space Station programs, SPACEHAB has a unique understanding of the challenges inherent in commercial crew and cargo services.