Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Health Care Benefits:  5 health care developments that were born in space  Among the dividends from U.S. human space exploration are advances in health care, including robotic surgery and countermeasures for asthma and osteoporosis. Asteroid Mission:  NASA closing out Asteroid Redirect Mission  NASA is closing out the once planned Asteroid Redirect Mission in compliance with […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Antares Resupply Missions:  Antares to resume Cygnus launches later this summer   Orbital ATK has announced it plans to resume use of the company’s Antares launch vehicle as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island, Va., launch complex for future re-supply missions to the International Space Station. Citizens for Space Exploration – a […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Launch Abort System Test:  Orbital ATK motor test proves successful  Orbital ATK led a successful ground test firing of the Launch Abort System under development for NASA’s Orion crew exploration spacecraft in the Utah desert. The abort system is designed to sit atop Orion during the launch phase and be capable of rapidly pulling […]

International Space Station

Bread Crumbs in Space:  ‘Bake in Space’: Experiment to test baking crumb-free bread on Space Station  Bake in Space is an experiment scheduled to launch to the International Space Station next year to determine whether there is a crumb free bread suitable for a space menu. German researchers are attempting to solve a problem with […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

New Astronauts:  NASA introduces 12 new astronauts  Vice President Mike Pence joined Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, in Houston on Wednesday to introduce a new class of U.S. astronaut recruits. “I can’t tell you how privileged and honored I feel today to be able to congratulate the newest class of American heroes, the 2017 class […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Dragon Mission to ISS:  SpaceX launches its first refurbished Dragon cargo ship to the Space Station  SpaceX’s 11th NASA contracted Dragon cargo capsule lifted off for the International Space Station on Saturday with nearly 6,000 pounds of crew supplies and scientific experiments.  (See also:  S.S. John Glenn freighter departs Space Station after successful cargo delivery Starliner […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion/SLS Ride for Cube Sats:  https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/three-diy-cubesats-score-rides-on-nasa-s-first-flight-of-orion-space-launch-system SLS Test Fire: Powerful NASA SLS rocket engine test-fired in Mississippi | video Watch the 500 second test firing of an RS-25 rocket engine. One of four assigned to the first stage of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, the engine is a crucial component of the heavy lift rocket […]

International Space Station

Crew Adds Capabilities:  Additional astronaut on the Space Station means dozens of new team members on the ground  NASA’s recent announcement of an additional crew member to the International Space Station, which will effectively double the amount of science data acquired from the orbiting laboratory, means a lot of changes. Many of them are on […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Space Council:  Executive Order creating National Space Council expected soon The White House is close to re-establishing the National Space Council, a cabinet level group led by the vice president to help shape U.S. space policy, according to Bob Walker, an advisor to the Trump Administration and former chair of the House Science, Space and […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Starliner Engine Testing:  Starliner’s propulsion system engines complete qualification tests  The steering system thrusters for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner have been qualified. Aerojet Rocketdyne hardware will help steer the capsule in development under NASA’s Commercial Crew program to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Citizens for Space Exploration – a pro-space, taxpayer, grassroots […]