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 […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

 Asteroid Redirect Mission:  Op-Ed | Saving NASA’s ARM and the Journey to Mars  House appropriators have misjudged the significance of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), according to Louis Friedman, executive director emeritus and co-founder of the Planetary Society. ARM is an important precursor to the goal of reaching Mars with human explorers, he writes.  (See […]

Commercial Space Transportation

Starliner Progress:  Starliner moves closer to crucial pad abort test Major components of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner are coming together at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to support critical flight tests in late 2017. The Starliner is in development to transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. […]

International Space Station

Inflatable Space Modules:  Take a look inside the 1st inflatable space room for astronauts (photos)  International Space Station astronauts offered photos of the new Bigelow Expandable Activities Module (BEAM) after opening hatches and entering for the first time on Monday. BEAM is a prototype for a reinforced fabric extendable module that could shelter astronauts on missions […]

Congress – NASA Budget

Space Policy Legislation: Bridenstine pleased by progress on space policy bill In April, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, introduced the American Space Renaissance Act, a sweeping space policy doctrine. So far, Bridenstine is pleased with how the thrust of his legislation has found its way into other legislative bills influencing the direction and financing of […]

Congress – NASA Budget

NASA Budget: Senate Appropriators Approve $19.3 Billion for NASA for FY2017 The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a NASA budget of $19.3 billion for 2017, a small increase over the 2016 level, according to the report. The measure supports work on the Space Launch System exploration rocket as well as an Enhanced Upper Stage, the Orion […]

Florida – Human Space Exploration Update

OneWeb: Florida factory to mass-produce satellites at record pace Satellite maker OneWeb forecasts the production of 15 internet service satellites per week under the roof of a new factory that will be located outside the gates of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida. The opening is planned for late 2017. VAB: NASA’s Rocket Garage […]