Orion and Space Launch System

Heat Shield Installation on Orion:  Installation of heat-shielding tiles marks new phase for Orion spacecraft  The NASA/Lockheed Martin Orion crew capsule designated for a late 2018 test flight, Exploration Mission-1, is undergoing heat shield installation at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The uncrewed capsule is to launch atop the first Space Launch System exploration […]

2016 Elections – Human Space Exploration Update

Clinton Highlights SLS Rocket:  NASA’s Space Launch System referenced by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke on Thursday (August 11) during a campaign event held at Futuramic, a small business manufacturing facility that works with the military, automotive and space industries. Futuramic is a NASA Space Launch System (SLS) supplier. […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Chinese Space Activity:  Is China militarizing space? Experts say new junk collector could be used as anti-satellite weapon  China celebrated the inaugural launch of its new Long March 7 workhorse launch vehicle last weekend. Among the multiple payloads was Aolong-1, or Roaming Dragon. Equipped with a robot arm, Roaming Dragon was designated to remove orbital space […]

Commercial Space Transportation

 Dream Chaser: Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser to provide access to space for countries worldwide  U nder a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Sierra Nevada’s reusable Dream Chaser spacecraft will offer access to orbital space for member states that desire to conduct experiments. Sierra Nevada announced the agreement on […]

Orion and Space Launch System

SLS Rocket Test:  An afternoon with the world’s most powerful rocket booster  Space vets cautioned ahead that Tuesday’s ear shattering ground test of the solid rocket motor developed for NASA’s Space Launch System exploration rocket would rattle fillings and cause loose clothing to wave in the wind. The warnings were true as the Orbital ATK […]

International Space Station

Long Duration Spaceflight:  Williams to become NASA’s longest-duration space flier  NASA’s Jeff Williams, the current International Space Station commander, is in line on Aug. 24 to break the U.S. record of 520 days for time accumulated in space over a career that includes four spaceflights. The current record was established Mar. 1, 2016, as Scott Kelly […]

2016 Elections – Human Space Exploration Update

Space Policy Platform:  Coalition for Deep Space Exploration recommends space priorities for next president  The space industry led CDSE urges a bi-partisan backed strategy by the new administration and Congress in keeping with the 2010 NASA Authorization Act for the preservation of U.S. space leadership. Those principles would improve commercial access to space, while backing key […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Commercial Crew Progress:  Suni Williams details Commercial Crew Program progress during visit to NASA’s Plum Brook Station  Suni Williams, a veteran NASA astronaut and one of four “test astronauts” assigned to NASA’s commercial crew program visits the agency’s Plum Brook Station near the Glenn Research Center. Commercial Crew is focused on nurturing two private sector […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Testing at NASA Langley:  Orion test capsule gets another splash-test at NASA Langley  NASA’s Orion crew exploration capsule, under development at Lockheed Martin, is undergoing water impact testing at NASA’s Langley Research Center. The latest round included male and female crash dummies equipped with sensors and strapped in the capsule as it slammed into […]

International Space Station

3-D Printing:  NASA picks Firmamentum to build a 3-D printer/recycler that works in space  Firmamentum, a subsidiary of Tethers Unlimited, of Bothell, Wash., has been selected by NASA for a future 3-D printing demonstration aboard the International Space Station. The company’s Refabricator will demonstrate whether it can recycle plastics in space before their polymer content […]