"Mr. Perminov has had no official reaction. But says that unofficial communications indicate that the extension of the shuttles' usage is possible."
And to repeat a section of my earlier post:
The removal of the shuttle is still being discussed by Congress. On September 8, 2009, the Human Space Flight Plans Committee released their recommendations which include: 'The human-spaceflight gap: Under current conditions, the gap in U.S. ability to launch astronauts into space will stretch to at least seven years. The Committee did not identify any credible approach employing new capabilities that could shorten the gap to less than six years. The only way to significantly close the gap is to extend the life of the Shuttle Program.'
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