Space Shuttle Issues: Round One

  • John M. Logsdon
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


Between October 1982 and early 1983, the Reagan administration debated whether to build another space shuttle orbiter, increasing the fleet size to five orbiters. The administration was also dealing with several other policy issues associated with the space shuttle, ranging from what price to charge commercial and foreign customers for a shuttle launch and how best to compete with other providers of launch services, particularly the European Ariane launch vehicle, to who would get to fly on the shuttle and whether the shuttle might even carry fare-paying passengers, and to whether NASA would accept private funding to produce an additional orbiter in exchange for commercial marketing rights for the shuttle fleet overall.

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  • John M. Logsdon
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  1. 1.Space Policy InstituteThe George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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