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NASA Response to Rep. Hall's Letter on Space Station Crew Support Capabilities

Sep 30, 2002
Letter
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September 30, 2002


The Honorable Ralph M. Hall
Ranking Democrat
Committee on Science
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Hall:

Thank you for your letter of June 13, 2002, forwarding a number of questions related to NASA's decision to implement an orderly shutdown of the X-38 project in favor of the pursuit of multipurpose vehicle concepts.

Over the past few months, NASA has conducted a number of reviews to assess the Integrated Space Transportation Plan (ISTP), which includes the Space Launch Initiative (SLI), the Space Shuttle hardware and infrastructure upgrades, and the longer-term 3rd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle Program. The ISTP update has incorporated the ongoing reviews of the Space Shuttle Program, and has included an assessment of the timetable for a multipurpose vehicle to serve crew transfer and crew return functions.  I anticipate that the ISTP review will conclude shortly. The outcome of the I STP update will be a roadmap for future investment decisions, and it is likely to result in modifications to the current program.

Enclosed herewith are responses to your questions, which reflect a snapshot of NASA's current analysis.  Our assessments will mature as the ISTP update is completed, and as the FY 2004 budget formulation process continues....


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