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why doesn't NASA build new space shuttles based on the original design?

Now that the space shuttle replacement is delayed why doesn't NASA build new space shuttles from the existing design? The Russians still build Soyuz vessels (and they'll be ferrying lots of American to the ISS). So it makes sense to temporarily replace the old shuttle fleet with at least one new shuttle. Like the Russians the US can use rockets to launch in space but for some jobs (like repairing satellites) the Shuttle is still useful. It's not a state of the art solution but it will do its job until the Shuttle replacement is ready for launch.

Asked By: tinus42 - 9/29/2009
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Because everyone would b!tch about paying for it.
Answered By: Tom J - 9/29/2009
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the shuttle is a technological masterpiece. it,s also the most expensive way to get into orbit. the russians used tried and true tech, and it is as effective as the shuttle, and way cheaper. the u.s. uses russian booster designs, based on old russian ICBM technology all the time. the new launch vehicle designs go back... More
Answered By: David - 9/29/2009
 
Because it always was a bad design. Each launch costs, on average, something like 1.5 Billion dollars. When NASA originally proposed to build the shuttles, they promised Congress that because the craft would be "reuseable," each launch would cost only a fraction of the cost of sending the same mission up on a "big... More
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Answered By: pzifisssh - 9/29/2009
 
The real question is, why hasn't NASA been properly funded over the past 15 years, so that the next generation of launch vehicles, that is, ones that are actually better, cheaper, more reliable, and more robust than the current Space Shuttles, was actually waiting to be used now, having been built and properly tested... More
Answered By: nshooter11 - 9/29/2009
 
The problem with the original design is that it is immensely complicated, expensive and dangerous. Shuttle trips were supposed to happen every 2 weeks and cost less than 25 million dollars per flight. Since 1981, they have averaged about 4-5 flights a year, and cost over half a billion dollars each. Two of the five... More
Answered By: david_bowman_sc - 9/29/2009
 
the Space shuttle has killed more astronauts than any other space vehicle in existence... in 128 missions, 14 astronauts have died (7 in the 1986 Challenger explosion and 7 in the Columbia disaster). the shuttles are old, un reliable and more expensive to launch than originally thought... NASA is going back to their... More
Answered By: mcdonaldcj - 9/29/2009
 
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