Less than two months since the ending of the shuttle program, NASA has announced the development of a new advanced heavy -lift launch vehicle called the Space Launch System.
According to NASA’s website, the new vehicle will allow for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. Even better, its going to be safer, more affordable than previous manned vehicles and its going to give the area a boost in jobs.
“This launch system will create good-paying American jobs, ensure continued U.S. leadership in space, and inspire millions around the world,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “President Obama challenged us to be bold and dream big, and that’s exactly what we are doing at NASA. While I was proud to fly on the space shuttle, kids today can now dream of one day walking on Mars.”
The Space Launch System, or SLS, will be designed to carry the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experiments to Earth’s orbit and destinations beyond. Additionally, the SLS will serve as a back up for commercial and international partner transportation services to the International Space Station.
For more about the Space Launch System, visit NASA’s website.