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III. Civil Space Transportation Guidelines


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will conduct human space flight to exploit the unique capabilities and attributes of human access to space. NASA will continue to maintain the capability to operate the Space Shuttle fleet and associated facilities.


The Space Shuttle will be used only for missions that require human presence or other unique Shuttle capabilities, or where use of the Shuttle is determined to be important for national security, foreign policy or other compelling purposes.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will maintain the Space Shuttle system until a replacement is available.


As future development of a new reusable launch system is anticipated, procurement of additional Space Shuttle orbiters is not planned at this time.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be the lead agency for technology development and demonstration of next generation reusable space transportation systems.


The objective of NASA's technology development and demonstration effort is to support government and private sector decisions by the end of this decade on development of an operational next-generation reusable launch system.


Research shall be focused on technologies to support a decision no later than December 1996 to proceed with a sub-scale flight demonstration which would prove the concept of single-stage-to-orbit.


Technology development and demonstration, including operational concepts, will be implemented in cooperation with related activities in the Department of Defense.


It is envisioned that the private sector could have a significant role in managing the development and operation of a new reusable space transportation system. In anticipation of this role, NASA shall actively involve the private sector in planning and evaluating its launch technology activities.

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