NASA will launch a new program to develop and deliver reusable, high-performance, space shuttle technology.
The new program will focus on the shuttle’s main engine, the Solid Rocket Boosters, or SRS.
The program will include a demonstration launch from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, which is expected to begin this fall.
The company’s goal is to begin a commercial launch of a test shuttle in 2021, and to have the program ready for commercial use by 2024.NASA officials said the program will be led by the agency’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
It is expected that the SRS will be used in both manned and unmanned missions, including a possible test flight of the reusable vehicle at a future launch site.
The SRS, which will be called the Space Launch System, was designed to be reusable and fly to orbit.
It has flown on multiple missions including two shuttle flights and a resupply mission to the International Space Station.