Commercial Space Transportation

Commercial Crew:  NASA has a new way to fly  The U.S. has turned to Russia to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station since NASA’s space shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. But that’s changing with some important milestones ahead for Boeing and SpaceX, the two U.S. companies developing low Earth orbit astronaut […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Lunar Space Station:  This is NASA’s plan for humanity’s return to the moon, and beyond  A lunar-orbiting space station, positioned in the 2020s, figures prominently in NASA’s strategy to reach the Martian environs with human explorers in the 2030s. Asteroid Mission:  Smith, Babin question NASA assertion that scientists now support ARM  Chairs of the U.S. […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Orbital ATK / Cygnus Resupply Mission:  Destructive re-entry marks end to successful Cygnus OA-5 mission  Orbital ATK’s latest and most innovative NASA contracted re-supply mission carried out a planned destructive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Orbital’s Cygnus re-supply capsule departed the six-person International Space Station early November 21 for an extended, […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Funding for Orion/SLS:  New CR funds government through April 28, protects SLS/Orion and JPSS  A proposed budget Continuing Resolution, written by House appropriators and approved by the House, would keep government agencies operating through April 28 at 2016 spending levels. However, a special provision would enable NASA’s Space Launch System, Orion and new ground support […]

International Space Station

ESA Supports ISS 2024:  Europe commits to the space station and ExoMars as part of $11 billion in commitments to ESA  The European Space Agency’s 22 member ministerial council ended a long range planning session in Switzerland late last week with an endorsement to extend operations of the International Space Station from 2020 to 2024. […]

President-elect Trump – Human Space Exploration Update

Pence to Chair National Space Council:  Trump advisor sees Pence playing a major role in space policy  Vice President-elect Mike Pence is likely to help shape U.S. space policy under the next administration, according to Robert Walker, the former U.S. congressman and chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. One role Pence seems […]

John Glenn – American Hero

Space Age Hero:  John Glenn, American hero, aviation icon and former U.S. senator, dies at 95  “His legend is out worldly and now, at age 95, so is John Glenn,” reports the newspaper where the pioneering NASA astronaut died Thursday. “He, along with fellow aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and moon-walker Neil Armstrong, truly made […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Lunar Outpost:  An international outpost near the Moon gets closer to reality  NASA and its International Space Station partners in Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada have discussed possible cooperation in the development of a lunar orbiting outpost in the 2020s using the agency’s Orion and Space Launch System hardware. The small space station like lunar […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Starliner:  Launch abort engines for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner undergo testing  Test firing of the Aerojet Rocketdyne engines in California’s Mojave Desert are helping to prepare Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner for NASA contracted missions that will transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Orbital ATK Resupply:  NASA said to opt for Atlas V rocket to […]