Reusable space transportation systems company Kelly Space and Technology has been awarded a $2.1 million contract by NASA to continue studying the development of space transportation through to 2030.

Under the second phase of the programme, California-based Kelly will develop alternatives to meet NASA's future spaceflight requirements from 2000 to 2030.

Kelly's findings will be incorporated into NASA's Integrated Space Transportation Plan, which will define NASA's five-year investment strategy to allow selection of a new space transportation architecture by 2005.

Source: Flight International