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"Orion" is reborn as rescue ship.. / April 15, 2010 /

Spaceship «Orion», which was developed under the American program «Constellation», repealed in 2010, would be constructed. This Associated Press told reporters on condition of anonymity, an official familiar with the situation of the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

According to him, the ship will be used as a rescue means for emergency evacuation of astronauts to the ISS. At present, this suited the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. «Orion» will go into orbit in an unmanned mode and will be docked to the station. Since on board the vessel when sent into space will not be people, for the withdrawal of Orion into orbit could be used one currently in launch vehicles, such as a series of Atlas »(Atlas) or Delta» (Delta).

In addition to the return of «Orion», a new development strategy for the American space industry involves the creation of the launch vehicle, heavy-duty. As the official said, its creation will start in 2015, after experts will choose one option from several designs proposed.

Implementation of all plans will be established in Florida (the state in which located, and the Kennedy Space Center spaceport), about 2,5 thousand jobs — more than expected to solve problems «Constellations». The development of appropriate infrastructure in the state will be allocated $ 40 million. Furthermore, additional 11,8 thousand jobs will be created for manned space flights, which will deal with private space companies.

The program «Constellation» was developed in 2004 under President George W. Bush. It proposes the establishment of the spacecraft, Orion and several rockets such as «Ares». The ultimate goal of «Constellations» was manned mission to the moon and eventually on Mars. In February 2010, it was announced waiver of this program.

The new strategy, announced by President Obama to imply that NASA will primarily work on short-term space missions, and the creation of a new manned spacecraft will be given on lease to private companies.

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