Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Human Space Exploration Update (August 14 – 30, 2017) New NASA Astronauts:  Get to know NASA’s new astronaut class  NASA welcomed seven men and five women to the start of two years of astronaut candidate training at the Johnson Space Center, home to the astronaut corps and Mission Control. Learn more about these 12 men and […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Human Space Exploration Update (August 14-30, 2017) Dream Chaser Update:  Dream Chaser prepares for captive carry test; completes runway tow tests  Sierra Nevada’s mini Dream Chaser space plane is preparing for helicopter borne captive carry tests, following a series of runway tow tests at Edwards Air Base, California, earlier this month. The uncrewed Dream Chaser is one […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Human Space Exploration Update (August 14-30, 2017) Orion “Power Up”:  NASA powers up spacecraft that could one day carry humans to Mars  Orion, the human spacecraft that Lockheed Martin is developing for future NASA missions of human deep space exploration, was powered up in its latest configuration on Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center. The capsule is […]

International Space Station

Human Space Exploration Update (August 14-30, 2017) Honoring Peggy Whitson:  NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson honored by ‘Makers’ as trailblazing woman in space (video)  Astronaut Peggy Whitson has been honored by a trail blazing group of women called “Makers.” A biochemist, Whitson has commanded the International Space Station twice in three long duration missions to the orbiting science […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) US-Russian, Space and Sanctions:  Russia sanctions bill clears Congress  NASA activities with Russia and space launches conducted for NASA are exempted from Senate legislation imposing sanctions against Russia. The measure matches legislation approved by the House. The legislation, if signed by the president, will impose sanctions against Russian individuals […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) Commercial Crew Progress: NASA and companies express growing confidence in commercial crew schedules The latest scheduling from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and its contract partners Boeing and SpaceX shows both companies conducting uncrewed and crewed test flights in 2018. If the planning holds, the U.S. would be launching astronauts into […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) Orion Space Suit:  Orion spacesuits put to a vacuum test at NASA  At NASA’s Johnson Space Center, engineers test an advanced version of the agency’s space shuttle space suit for use by astronauts assigned to flights aboard the Orion crew exploration capsule. Engineers shared photos as the suits were […]

Executive Branch

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) Space Council:  Space groups hailing appointment of Scott Pace as National Space Council executive  Exploration advocates back the Trump Administration’s choice of Scott Pace to lead the recently re-established White House National Space Council. The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration and Commercial Spaceflight Federation are among those applauding the choice. […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Deep Space Gateway:  ASAP on board with NASA’s DSG as stepping stone to Mars  NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel has expressed support for the agency’s Deep Space Gateway,  a lunar orbiting, human tended space station planned for the 2020s.  The gateway would help to prepare astronauts […]