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NASA Begins Next Phase Of Space Launch Initiative Program, While Cutting Funding For X-33 And X-34 Successors To Space Shuttle

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March 5, 2001
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NASA has selected a number of companies to enter into competitive negotiations for the Space Launch Initiative (SLI). NASA also announced it will not add Space Launch Initiative funds to the X-33 or X-34 programs, which were designed to pave the way to a full-scale, commercially developed reusable launch vehicles.

March 1, 2001 -- NASA has selected a number of companies to enter into competitive negotiations for the Space Launch Initiative (SLI). As defined in the President's budget blueprint for the Agency, the Space Launch Initiative provides commercial industry with the opportunity to meet NASA's future launch needs, including human access to space, with new launch vehicles that promise to dramatically reduce cost and improve safety and reliability. The primary focus of the Space Launch Initiative is on technology development for concepts that would be able to launch payloads for NASA, commercial and military missions and be able to fly crew to and from the International Space Station. Satellite delivery and future International Space Station support are the primary set of requirements for the new system and would include elements like crew transfer vehicles, reusable launch vehicles and orbital transfer systems.


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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. "NASA Begins Next Phase Of Space Launch Initiative Program, While Cutting Funding For X-33 And X-34 Successors To Space Shuttle." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 March 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010305071249.htm>.
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. (2001, March 5). NASA Begins Next Phase Of Space Launch Initiative Program, While Cutting Funding For X-33 And X-34 Successors To Space Shuttle. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010305071249.htm
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. "NASA Begins Next Phase Of Space Launch Initiative Program, While Cutting Funding For X-33 And X-34 Successors To Space Shuttle." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010305071249.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

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