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(Submitted August 26, 1998)

Please update me on theoretical propulsion systems and any current plans for the new space shuttles. I will soon be a student of physics and one day a space systems engineer.

Thank you for your time and response.

The Answer

Hi,

The NASA KSC homepage has links to a lot of Shuttle-related information, including the upgrade program and the X-33, X-34 and X-38 programs, and links to pages for many other rockets:

http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/

Speculation on future means of propulsion can be found at:

http://www.lerc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/warp.htm

Paul Butterworth and Mark Stollberg
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