Clinton selects Space Station design


  • John Holmes


When it came to selecting a new space station design, President Clinton's decision was truly multiple choice: he has chosen to combine two of the three design options presented to him by NASA officials and forge a new space station that is smaller and simpler than the much-criticized Space Station Freedom.

Announcing his compromise decision on June 17, Clinton opted to blend options A and B, the two versions most similar to Freedom. Like Freedom, the new station will be centered on a long truss with solar panels at each end with science, habitation, and other modules in the middle. The design is essentially that of Option A, known as the “Power Station”; Option B, which most closely reflects the Freedom design, was slightly larger, more complex, and expensive.