wants Concorde to replace shuttle
NASA has announced plans to purchase Air France and British
Airways fleets of Concorde as a replacement for the space shuttle.
The move, which was prompted by the finding of a special Space
Agency report into the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, recommends
the use of the recently maligned supersonic airliner.
to NASA spokesman Edgar “Zip” Lightyear the solution
is a logical one: ‘It’s safer, plain and simple.
Concorde’s been whizzing from New York to London and Paris
for over 30 years and in all that time it’s had one crash.
Well, that might be enough for the Europeans to call time on
the old bird, but over here we see things a little differently.
We reckon we can modify the craft and fly it to the moon.’
is understood that NASA has brokered a deal worth in the region
of $20 for the fleet, which was due to be scrapped in October.
Among the improvements expected to be made to Concorde include
a tefal coating to make it slip through the atmosphere, asbestos
suits for the crew, “just in case” and free champagne
on all return flights.s.