posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 05:51 PM
It is something of a prototype platform. Its purpose is to test the capabilities, limitations, etc of crew-less space craft with a mission similar to
that of the now-retired Shuttle.
One of the major advantages is in the fact that it is still up there. The craft can continue its mission until it runs out of supplies to perform
that mission without concerns for crew sustainability. No satellite to service? No problem. Just sit back and soak up the sun until one does need
Missions that would require several shuttle missions over the course of a few years can be performed in that same time frame with a single launch and