The United States space program doesn’t currently have any space shuttles because the old shuttles were retired around July of 2011 after 30 years of use during NASA’s 30 year long Space Program. You might want to know when the new shuttles going to be complete. I have done the research and have completed this blog post to share my findings.
- The final shuttle mission was completed with the landing of Atlantis on July 21, 2011
- On July 21, 2011 the 30-year old Space Shuttle program as we knew it closed.
- NASA isn’t done with Space Exploration.
- NASA is working on its new shuttle program.
- Currently our Astronauts have to hitch rides from other countries Shuttle (Russia) to get to the International Space Station.
- Boeing and SpaceX are currently under contract with the United States and NASA to build our new era Space Shuttles.
With that being said research has concluded as long as the United States Congress does not cut funding to the program then we will no longer need to rely on Russia for rides to the ISS, the new Shuttle will be completed and operational by 2017. In the meantime, US-Russia collaboration on the space front will continue.
Estimated by 2017 the United States will once again have our own Independent Space Shuttle Program with our own Shuttles once again.