Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Human Space Exploration Update (January 1-12, 2018) Lunar Exploration:  Op-ed | Next stop: the moon  Leaders of the recently created Moon Village Association, based in Vienna, suggest the association can serve as an effective non-governmental forum for government, industry, academia and the public in establishing a global strategy for coordinating future lunar surface activities. China Moon Program… [Continue Reading]

Commercial Space Transportation

Human Space Exploration Update (January 1-12, 2018) Starliner Update:  Boeing CST-100 Starliner one step closer to flight with completion of DCR   Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner has cleared the Atlas V Launch Segment Design Certification Review portion of its partnership agreement under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Later this year, the four person Boeing spacecraft is to undergo uncrewed,… [Continue Reading]

Orion and Space Launch System

Human Space Exploration Update (January 1-12, 2018) Orion Test:  NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes  NASA demonstrated a simulated Orion capsule could successfully descend to Earth with a parachute failure if necessary. The test was carried out on Friday at the U.S. Army Proving Ground near Yuma, Arizona, following a drop from a U.S…. [Continue Reading]

International Space Station

Human Space Exploration Update (January 1-12, 2018) Hotel on ISS:  Russia’s plan to build a luxury hotel on the ISS  A second copy of a Russian science and power module planned for launch to the International Space Station in the 2021-time frame could become a guest house for wealthy space adventurers. The price is estimated at $40… [Continue Reading]

NASA Administrator

Human Space Exploration Update (January 1-12, 2018) Jim Bridenstine:  Nominations update: January 8, 2018  The White House included Jim Bridenstine, the Oklahoma congressman and former naval aviator, among those re-nominated to high level positions within the Trump administration. Bridenstine was nominated in 2017 to succeed Charles Bolden as NASA’s administrator. Bridenstine underwent a Senate confirmation hearing,… [Continue Reading]

Special Summary Report regarding National Space Policy Directive-1

Human Space Exploration Update (December 15, 2017) Trump policy directive makes moon NASA’s official goal for human exploration “After 45 years, it is time to return humans to the region of the moon even as we look toward Mars,” stated Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, president and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, who… [Continue Reading]

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… [Continue Reading]

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… [Continue Reading]

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… [Continue Reading]