posted on May, 23 2014 @ 07:32 AM
They should have left the shuttles in Orbit with the ISS. They could have installed remote controls like we do our drones, filled the cargo bay with
fuel, water, etc... They then could use the shuttles to slowly go out and recover expensive but broken satellites, telescopes etc. Then slowly return
them to ISS for repair and refuel. Would be much cheaper than launching replacements especially for some of the expensive Military satellites. The
Shuttles could also have been used as a place to escape to in case of emergency. No not a landing platform but a place to go if all hell breaks lose
on the ISS. Since they would be permanently in space there cost would be minimal as they would never be landed or launched again.
Shuttles could be fitted with ION engines to continue as space tugs along with the Robotic Arms they could recover and deorbit useless old space
parts. Could be used to rescue Astronauts that get in trouble on future spacecraft that encounter issues.
Could have put some very large Nuclear Generators in them to power Vasimr engines to make them capable of being tugs from Earth to Moon.
Might have outfitted one of them with super safe area for solar flares for the ISS crews. Could have converted one of their cargobays into additional
science lab or other modules.
NASA should really design everything they send up to be modular and capable of being refitted, refueled easily and possibly used in other ways than
the original designs instead of just deorbiting them since it cost so much to put stuff up there. If nothing else landing all that refined metal on
the moon might be useful to future humans on the moon to melt and use for other things.
Such a waste to let them rot away after spending so much on them. Waste to not have multiple uses for everything we send up there at very high costs.