Congress – NASA Budget

NASA Authorization Bill:  Senate panel authorizes money for Mars mission, shuttle replacement  In a bid to stabilize the nation’s civil space endeavors across a transition in U.S. presidential administrations, the Senate Commerce Committee has passed a bipartisan measure that authorizes a $19.5 billion 2017 budget to continue work on a human Mars mission and efforts […]

2016 Elections – Human Space Exploration Update

Clinton and Trump on Space:  Clinton supports human Mars exploration  Presidential contender Hillary Clinton pledged support for the human exploration of Mars in response to a questionnaire from ScienceDebate.org. Clinton did not elaborate on possible changes to current strategy that calls for a human presence in the Martian environs by the mid-2030s. Rival Donald Trump expressed […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Habitats for Deep Space Exploration:  NASA announces aerospace partners for its deep space habitats  NASA increases to six the number of U.S. companies the agency is partnering with to develop a habitat for astronauts assigned to months- to years-long missions to Mars. The habitat would fly in lunar orbit with astronauts during the 2020s to […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Boeing’s Starliner:  Boeing starts assembly of 1st flightworthy Starliner crew taxi vehicle at Kennedy spaceport  Coming together at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner could begin transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station in early 2018. The program is part of NASA’s strategy to focus on […]

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 […]