Space Shuttle as the Launch Vehicle in the Reference Mission
We haven't selected a launch system
yet, but the NASA Space Shuttle works in the Reference Mission for both
costs and performance. We selected the Space Shuttle as the launch
system for the initial reference mission because it's the launcher we
know the most about. The Space Shuttle is the most expensive launch
system available today, but it is a proven, fully operational
spacecraft, and the most capable launcher ever built. If the program
will work with the cost of a Space Shuttle launch, then it will work
even better with a less expensive vehicle.
We are considering a wide range of options for launchers to carry
the Artemis Project spacecraft. Many existing launchers
can fufill the requirements of the Reference Mission, and many
more less costly launchers are being developed today. Because
of this, although we fully support programs to achieve low-cost
access to space, we have decided not to duplicate those efforts
by including launcher development as part of the Artemis
People give a lot of different reasons for the space shuttle
being a bad idea.
Most of them (such as a prohibition against commercial payloads)
are fiction, but some (cost, the fleet is wearing out, and they will
be busy servicing ISS) are very real. Fortunately even among
existing launchers there are excellent options such as Titan IV
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