President-elect Trump – Human Space Exploration Update

Trump Transition and Space:  What does a Trump administration mean for space?  The president-elect’s space focus could be human spaceflight, technology development and commercialization, according to remarks from Robert Walker, the former U.S. congressman who covered nine points in a pre-election day briefing before the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Walker, who […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

China:  Will NASA ever work with China?  The U.S. is congressionally banned from partnering with China in space. If they are to cooperate, there will be a lot of history to overcome. China to Compete with Commercial Space Launch:  China’s private space industry prepares to compete with SpaceX and Blue Origin   A commercial launch industry […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Orbital ATK Resupply:  Orbital ATK resumes flight from Wallops Island, Va., in a stunning launch visible for miles  Orbital ATK’s modified Antares launch vehicle lifted off successfully from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on a NASA contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. The mission marks the first for Orbital ATK from Wallops Island […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Testing at Plum:  Orion service module passes major shake test at NASA’s Plum Brook Station  The European Space Agency’s service module contribution to NASA’s Orion capsule has been undergoing ground testing at NASA’s Glenn Research Center Plum Brook Station since spring. This testing was the first to replicate the acoustic launch environment and vibrations […]

International Space Station

ISS and Exploration:  Interview: Space Station as base for exploring new frontier, says renowned U.S. scientist   Space stations are a crucial stepping stone in the exploration of space, Edward Stone, a former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ISS Robots:  Meet the growing family of space station robots   A growing number of robots aboard the […]

2016 Elections – Human Space Exploration Update

Trump on Space:  Op-ed | Trump’s space policy reaches for Mars and the stars   NASA’s core mission must be distant exploration and science, writes Robert Walker, the former U.S. congressman, and Peter Navarro, a University of California, Irvine professor.. The two men serve as policy advisers to Donald Trump.  (See also:  Trump would reinstate White […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Asteroid Redirect Mission:  NASA provides update on Asteroid Redirect Mission  While the U.S. Congress doubts the value of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, some policymakers and planners remain steadfast to the contributions it could make to human deep space exploration, science and fending off near-Earth asteroids with the potential to impact the Earth. ARM would visit […]

Commercial Space Transportation

ISS Resupply:  Company sets October launch date to resupply space station  NASA and Orbital ATK have set Oct. 9-13 as the launch period for the Dulles, Va.-based company’s next NASA-contracted re-supply mission to the InternationalSpace Station. The mission will mark Orbital ATK’s return to NASA’s Wallops Island Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore as a launch site. […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Heat Shield at KSC:  Orion heat shield arrives at Kennedy Space Center The heat shield for the late 2018 test flight of NASA’s Orion crew exploration capsule is now at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center launch site for integration. The upcoming uncrewed test flight, Exploration Mission-1, will send Orion around the moon and back to Earth […]

International Space Station

Tool Competition for ISS:  Design a 3-D Printed Tool for Astronauts to Use Aboard the Space Station  The ISS Design Challenge, sponsored by Mouser Electronics, offers an opportunity for college students to suggest tools for International Space Station astronauts. Top concepts could be manufactured with 3-D printing hardware aboard the six person orbiting science laboratory. […]